STUTTGART, Germany, January 19, 2022 — Quantum Brilliance, a German-Australian manufacturer of innovative quantum computing hardware, today announced a joint research project with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF and the University of Ulm to develop new manufacturing techniques and component control based on diamond quantum microprocessors.
The goal of the €19.9 million ($22.5 million) Deutsche Brilliance (DE-Brill) collaboration is to solve two key challenges related to diamond-based quantum computers by 2025: the development of atomic precision techniques for the fabrication of quantum microprocessors and to find new methods for selectively initializing, reading and manipulating qubits in quantum computers with multiple processor nodes. The research teams believe that solving these challenges will be an important step on the road to mass commercialization of quantum computing technology. The project is 74.8% funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
In this collaboration, Fraunhofer IAF and Quantum Brilliance are jointly developing precision fabrication techniques for fabricating scalable arrays of diamond qubits. Additionally, Fraunhofer IAF will work on growth processes for diamond substrates of the highest purity and quality. The Quantum Brilliance team has secured exclusive use of the Fraunhofer IAF facility in Freiburg, Germany to ensure productive and accelerated research results. In parallel, a team from the Institute of Quantum Optics at the University of Ulm is developing scalable readout and control techniques for diamond-based qubits, allowing them to be precisely controlled.
According to Mark Mattingley-Scott, Ph.D., European Head of Quantum Brilliance.
“With its research infrastructure and engineering knowledge base, Germany offers a unique setting for developing and producing quantum technology,” Mattingley-Scott said. “In addition, the German government also understands the importance of the field and constantly promotes important basic research. This is why we recently opened our European headquarters in Stuttgart and are focusing on collaborations with research institutes here to be at the forefront of commercializing high-performance quantum microprocessors in the future.”
Quantum Brilliance is among the pioneers in the use of synthetic diamonds in quantum computing. Targeted “impurities” in diamonds – the so-called NV centers in which a nitrogen atom takes the place of a carbon atom in the crystal lattice – are used in this process to generate qubits, the elementary computational units of a quantum computer.
Unlike large quantum computing mainframes that require power-intensive cooling, quantum “accelerators” based on synthetic diamonds can be produced in small form factors and operate at room temperature, allowing their use in a variety of real-world environments. A 19-inch server rack module of its diamond-based quantum accelerator is currently available from Quantum Brilliance. Further miniaturization with a corresponding increase in the number of qubits is expected over the next few years.
About Quantum Brilliance
Founded in 2019, Quantum Brilliance is an Australian-German venture capital-backed quantum computing hardware company that provides quantum diamond accelerators supported by a full stack of software and application tools. Quantum Brilliance’s vision to enable mass deployment of quantum accelerators will propel industries to exploit edge computing applications and next-generation supercomputers. Quantum Brilliance’s international partnerships span North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, working with governments, supercomputing centers, research organizations and industry leaders.
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