Project Xaphiro: Kick-off for the ion trap consortium Qudora × NXP at the Innovation center Hamburg
Another big step for ion trap quantum computers from Hamburg: We are pleased about the joint kick-off with Qudora and NXP, who will build a prototype ion trap quantum computer for us in the Xaphiro project.
The goal of the Xaphiro project is a quantum computer with stored ions and integrated microwave manipulation and detection modules. The hardware core is a 50-qubit quantum processor developed by Qudora with several interconnected registers that can be used for the preparation, storage, manipulation or detection of the qubits. They thus represent a universal library of components. The qubits are transported between the registers using electric fields, and elementary arithmetic operations, or quantum gates, are implemented using chip-integrated microwave circuit elements. The state of the qubits is read using a photon detector based on CMOS technology developed by NXP.
This type of collaboration is a hallmark of DLR QCI’s ecosystem approach: With their combined expertise, the QCI consortium Qudora × NXP helps us to bring the scaling potential of ion trap technology to applications. Henning Hahn, Managing Director of Qudora: “We are pleased to be part of the DLR Quantum Computing Initiative in shaping the associated quantum technology ecosystem. We are already working at full speed on the design of a modern quantum computer based on ion trap technology, which will be put into operation here in Hamburg next year.” Christian Wiebus, Senior Director New Business and Innovation at NXP: “It is a special honor for us to be here on To see Hamburg as a location and to accompany how history is made. Together with strong partners, we will work over the next four years to build usable, prototype quantum computers using state-of-the-art research and proven skills.”
We look forward to working together in our innovation center in Hamburg.
“With the kickoff of Qudora × NXP’s Xaphiro project, we are strengthening our expertise in the field of ion trap quantum computers and the quantum computing location of Hamburg.”Hendrik Beer, Projekt Manager DLR QCI
QUDORA is a deep tech spin-off of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Technische Universität Braunschweig and Leibniz Universität Hannover and part of the Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) ecosystem. The start-up develops quantum computers based on ion trap technology, in which computing operations are carried out by means of microwave components integrated into the quantum processor.
NXP Semiconductors Germany
NXP is one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies. With around 900 employees, the activities at its Hamburg site focus primarily on research, development, testing and marketing for several business units. NXP can build on experience and expertise of more than 60 years. The most important NXP competence centres in Hamburg are secure solutions for autonomous driving, cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, and the latest one, Quantum Computing.