Paul van Gerven
28 October

NXP has announced a collaboration with three German startups and the Technical University of Hamburg within the Quantum Computing Initiative of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The partnership aims to bring forth marketable and scalable quantum computing solutions that will enable new innovations across energy, automotive, government, aerospace and other critical infrastructure.

The Eindhoven-based chipmaker will provide the control electronics necessary for embedding quantum computing in a classical computing environment, as well as cryogenically-suitable packaging and photon detection for the reading of quantum states. Thanks to the project, “NXP’s experts will be at the forefront of [quantum computing],” said NXP CTO Lars Reger.

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A 3-inch wafer with microfabricated quantum processors based on trapped ion technology. Credit: Qudora

The other commercial partners in the project are Eleqtron, a spinoff from the University of Siegen working on ion trap quantum computers, quantum architecture company ParityQC, and Qudora Technologies, a spinoff from three research organizations working on an innovative trapped ion quantum computer design. The partners will start working together at the DLR Innovation Center located on NXP’s Hamburg site from Q1 2023 onward.

Another Dutch company, Quix Quantum, also recently announced a collaboration with the DLR. That partnership eyes building a 64-qubit quantum computer based on integrated photonics.