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