Paul van Gerven
22 February 2021

Nineteen European companies and research institutes have joined hands to develop quantum processors in silicon. The Quantum Large-Scale Integration with Silicon (QLSI) consortium, the latest addition to the EU’s 1 billion euro Quantum Flagship program, aims to demonstrate that spin qubits in silicon are the best platform for scaling quantum bits to very high numbers.

Quantum Inspire 2
Credit: Qutech

One of QLSI’s participants, Qutech, has already made a 2-qubit quantum chip. In fact, the Delft-based research institute even offers access to it through its Quantum Inspire open-access quantum cloud. QLSI initially focuses on taking this principle to the next level with the demonstration of a 16-qubit chip. The consortium will also make an 8-qubit chip available for external use through Quantum Inspire.

“Europe is well-positioned to take the EU’s spin-qubit R&D to the next level, in what is a high-stakes competition among advanced technological countries,” said Maud Vinet, CEA-Leti’s quantum hardware program manager, who will coordinate the four-year, 15 million euro project. Apart from Qutech, two more organizations from the Benelux participate in QLSI: the University of Twente and Imec.