Infineon Technologies strengthens its commitment to developing quantum computing technologies in Germany and Europe. As well as previously established initiatives and partnerships the chip manufacturer is taking part in six further research projects funded as part of the German federal government's economic stimulus package for the future of quantum technologies. Together with research institutes and partners in industry, the company will contribute its expertise in microelectronics and industrial manufacturing and its experience in applications relating to future quantum computers.
Quantum computers can elevate possible computing power to previously unattainable levels. The computers are to quickly perform tasks that would take years to complete, even for high-powered supercomputers using today's technologies. This will accelerate, for example, the development of medications or chemical catalysts by simulating processes on a molecular scale. The computing power can also be used to optimize highly complex processes in logistics and thus to make supply chains more robust. But technical hurdles still must be overcome before quantum computers can be made relatively lightweight and user-friendly.
"Infineon sees quantum technologies as a major opportunity in global competition since they constitute a completely novel development," says Dr Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon. "We are still a long way from deciding which technological path will make the fastest progress possible and which applications will be successfully handled by quantum computers. Infineon is therefore conducting research on a variety of approaches. By participating in the new projects, we will widen our footprint along the entire quantum technology value chain, from hardware and software to industrial production and even application. The close cooperation in these projects will accelerate the pace of development and will establish the basis for a successful future."
The objective of the research projects is to overcome obstacles in the use of quantum technology. Here demonstrators are to be constructed, electronic control is to be integrated, and software for quantum computers is to be developed. The challenges are still significant in all areas: The development of applicable quantum computing involves more than simply providing more and better qubits for calculations. It also calls for a holistic approach that takes peripherals, software and applications into account, in addition to hardware. Infineon is contributing its experience with scaling and manufacturing in the various fields and will investigate possible application cases.