NXP Semiconductors is collaborating with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and other partners on ion trap-based quantum computers as part of the DLR’s Quantum Computing Initiative. The initiative aims to construct quantum computers to help provide innovations across automotive, aerospace, energy, government and other critical infrastructure.
Quantum computers can process data significantly faster than classical computers, enabling them to solve complex problems that can assist society in many ways, including weather and climate model calculations, accelerated development of medications and vaccines, enhanced model calculations for mobility and logistics, cyber security protection and much more. While these complex machines are evolving rapidly, they remain challenging to build and need deep levels of expertise, and a path towards industrialisation must be developed still further.
To help accomplish these innovations, the company is collaborating with recognised leaders in the field of quantum computing. Together with eleQtron, ParityQC, QUDORA Technologies and the Technical University of Hamburg, it will pool expertise from around the industry to allow rapid advances in quantum computing and aid the rollout of scalable and marketable solutions in the future.
“Quantum computers will bring about the next big wave of innovation in our society, enabling new solutions to complex and long-standing challenges,” said Lars Reger, CTO at NXP. “In collaboration with the DLR and other participants in this project, NXP’s experts will be at the forefront of that innovation, contributing their expertise to enable new innovations that will help our society become smarter, safer and more secure.”
“DLR is awarding contracts as part of its Quantum Computing Initiative, with the aim of creating qubits based on ion traps. This technology is considered highly promising and will be explored through targeted research. This brings us one step closer to a programmable, fault-tolerant quantum computer,” said Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, chair of the DLR Executive Board. “Through the close cooperation of business and science, synergies are created that strengthen the quantum computing ecosystem and thus also provide start-ups with new opportunities.”