NXP and German Aerospace Center DLR Collaborate on Quantum

  • NXP will use its semiconductor expertise to help build ion trap-based quantum computers in collaboration with DLR and partners
  • NXP’s contributions include the hardware components required to integrate quantum computing into classical computing environments, photon detection sensor technology and packaging
  • The DLR Innovation Center is located at the NXP site in Hamburg, Germany

HAMBURG, Germany, Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced its collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and other partners in the field of ion-trap-based quantum computing as part of DLR’s Quantum Computing- Initiative. The initiative aims to build quantum computers to enable new innovations in energy, automotive, government, aerospace and other critical infrastructure.

Quantum computers can process data significantly faster than classical computers, enabling them to solve complex problems that can help society in many ways, including weather and climate modeling, accelerated drug and vaccine development, improved modeling for mobility and logistics, cybersecurity protection, and many more. While these complex machines are rapidly evolving, they remain difficult to build, requiring a deep level of expertise, and a path to industrialization needs to be further developed.

To achieve these new innovations, NXP works with recognized leaders in the field of quantum computing. Together with eleQtron, ParityQC, QUDORA Technologies and the Hamburg University of Technology, NXP will bring together expertise from across the industry to enable rapid advances in quantum computing and support the introduction of scalable and marketable solutions in the near future.

With a long track record of scaling and miniaturizing physical applications required for industrial component manufacturing of chip-based detection logic and sensor technologies, NXP will provide the control electronics required to embed quantum computers in a classical computing environment, as well as cryogenic-grade packaging and photon detection for reading of quantum states.

“Quantum computing will drive the next great wave of innovation in our society, enabling new solutions to complex and long-standing challenges,” said Lars Reger, CTO at NXP. “Working with DLR and other participants in this project, the experts at NXP will be at the forefront of this innovation, bringing their expertise to enable new innovations that help make our society smarter, safer and more secure.”

“DLR awards contracts as part of its Quantum Computing Initiative with the aim of generating qubits based on ion traps. This technology is considered promising and should be explored through targeted research. This brings us one step closer to a programmable, fault-tolerant quantum computer,” said DLR CEO Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla. “The close cooperation between business and science creates synergies that strengthen the quantum computing ecosystem and thus also open up new opportunities for start-ups.”

To support close collaboration between the organizations involved, the DLR Innovation Center is located at the NXP site in Hamburg, Germany and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2023.

eleQtron is a spin-off from the Chair of Quantum Optics at the University of Siegen. Founded in 2020, the company develops, produces, operates and markets computing time on ion trap-based quantum computers. As the first German quantum computer manufacturer, eleQtron is currently building ever more powerful quantum computers and connecting them to the cloud. Its proprietary technology eliminates the need for laser light for quantum logic operations, providing a clear path to scalability.

ParityQC is the only quantum architecture company in the world. The focus is on the development of blueprints for quantum computers and their operating systems. ParityQC works with hardware partners around the world to build quantum computers with applications ranging from general-purpose error-corrected quantum computing to solving optimization problems on short-term devices.

QUDORA Technologies is a deep-tech spin-off of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the Technical University of Braunschweig and the Leibniz Universität Hannover, rooted in the ecosystem Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS). The start-up develops trapped-ion quantum computers based on highly integrated quantum processors that use a scalable laserless quantum gate mechanism.

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables a smarter, safer and more sustainable world through innovation. As a global leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is pushing boundaries in the automotive, industrial and IoT, mobile and communications infrastructure markets. The company builds on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, employs approximately 31,000 people in more than 30 countries and had sales of US$11.06 billion in 2021. Visit www.nxp.com for more information.

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