QSea I: Remote access 10-qubit ion trap-based quantum computer demonstrator

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NXP | eleQtron | ParityQC


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Innovation Center Hamburg



We are building a 10-qubit quantum computer demonstrator based on ion trap technology with control software for remote access and, in a second step, automating operation and ensuring availability for applications at DLR.

This demonstrator for an ion trap quantum computer will contain at least ten fully functional qubits and will be available for applications at DLR at an early stage. It is the joint product of an industrial consortium: The quantum computer is based on a MAGIC quantum processor with ParityQC architecture. MAGIC stands for Magnetic Gradient Induced Coupling and enables the precise control of qubits using inexpensive and miniaturizable high-frequency technology. For this purpose, eleQtron builds the necessary hardware of the quantum processor. ParityQC develops an operating system and hardware-specific algorithms for the quantum computer. And NXP Semiconductors contributes the sensor solutions and the control and regulation electronics that are necessary for embedding in classic computers.


The overarching goal of the consortium is to make innovations in quantum technologies socially usable and to transfer them to commercial applications. Stored ions are considered a promising and established approach in the race for a freely programmable and error-corrected quantum computer. The demonstrator provided by the consortium over the course of the project is based on an eleQtron prototype, which is being further developed, automated and made accessible via software interfaces for applications at DLR. The ParityQC architecture allows error-corrected quantum computers to be built thanks to its high parallelizability and modularizability. NXP brings its expertise in system electronics to the scaling of components.


The quantum processor works according to the MAGIC method, in which all qubits are coupled to one another using magnetic field gradients. This method allows individual qubits to be controlled with high-frequency pulses in the microwave range, which means that commercial signal sources can be used. The ParityQC architecture allows algorithms to be developed efficiently on this processor to solve optimization problems from various application areas. NXP takes care of the adaptation of system electronics. After the project has been running for a year, the quantum computer will be delivered to the DLR Innovation Center in Hamburg. The demonstrator will be transferred to automated operation at the site and will then be available for applications at DLR.

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