The world is currently taking the first steps into the second quantum revolution where quantum technologies will play a decisive part in advanced technology. In the last few years, quantum computing has been elevated from a basic research concept towards a viable cloud offering which will be affecting people’s everyday lives in multiple ways. Zurich Instruments has now launched one of the necessary building blocks of quantum computing.
The Zurich Instruments Quantum Computing Control System (QCCS) is an integrated and comprehensive system of individually proven instruments and software designed to manage the high complexity of a quantum computing setup. It provides the cutting-edge control electronics essential to initialize, manipulate, and read out quantum bits with the fidelity required for quantum computers, while providing an effective interface to higher level components of the full quantum computing stack.
The Control System consists of 4 elements: The new Programmable Quantum System Controller (PQSC) synchronizing and controling up to 18 instruments, the new UHFQA Quantum Analyzer reading out up to 10 qubits simultaneously using state-of-the-art filter technology, the HDAWG Arbitrary Waveform Generator, a very compact device for qubit control and the LabOne control software.
Europe’s Open Quantum Computer – OpenSuperQThe company’s expertise in quantum research instrumentation, and the two newly launched products, will be used in the recently announced EU project OpenSuperQ. This international effort aims to develop an Open Superconducting Quantum Computer of up to 100 qubits, including all aspects of the full quantum computing stack.
Zurich Instruments, in partnership with nine other collaborators, will share a budget of € 10.33 million over an initial period of three years.Within the OpenSuperQ project, Zurich Instruments is responsible for the instrumentation that executes the quantum algorithms and reads out the qubit states. Jan Benhelm, Head of Marketing at Zurich Instruments, says, "The entire team at Zurich Instruments is excited to continue the intense collaboration with the top researchers in the field. The new PQSC and the new Quantum Analyzer will contribute to a fast and sustainable advance of the OpenSuperQ project and foster the global leader ship of Zurich Instruments in quantum computing control systems.”