OrangeQS Insights Q1 2024

In Q1 of 2024, we sold our first OrangeQS Industry System, opened a new facility Production 1 and became supplier to the HectoQubit/2 and QuKiT projects.

The first system is sold to a key producer of quantum chips, which is a signal of the increasing maturity of the field. The system is capable of testing 100+ qubit devices in under a week and planned to be operational at the customer’s premises by the end of this year. Enabling automated chip testing at this scale is an important shift departing from highly involved, hands-on  to push-button processes with dedicated systems.

To read more, read our latest OrangeQS Insights newsletter for Q1 2024.

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OrangeQS team at the opening of Production 1, used for the assembly and testing of the first OrangeQS Industry System

Highlighted from OrangeQS Insights quarterly newsletter – The Quantum Research community starts embracing full system solutions

Accompanying the maturation of quantum chip industry is a transition by the Quantum Research community towards offering vertically integrated equipment solutions instead of specialized components for the experimental setups of laboratories. A lack of interoperability among subsystems and components is still presenting a hurdle for many labs and makes building equipment in-house resource intensive. The full system approach can overcome the complexity from an end-user perspective and is a core idea behind our turn-key quantum chip testing solutions for the industry.

This years APS March Meeting took place in Minneapolis, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Peter Shor’s algorithm developed in 1994. That year marked the start of the theoretical exploration of quantum computing, and after three decades of progress, lead to the global ecosystem today.

The field of quantum computing approaches yet another milestone in the current lab-to-fab transition, which is the vertical integration of components towards full equipment solutions. This is an indicator of an increased focus in core activities, outsourcing the intricacies of building a functional setup. In a notable shift, component providers in the superconducting quantum computing sector are expanding their offerings, either in-house or via collaborations, to include full system solutions for education and R&D in quantum computing.

The Quantum Research community wants to focus on their core activities instead of building setups

In the suppliers for the Quantum Research community we see a collaborative approach prevailing, particularly between control electronics and cryogenic system providers. There are new partnerships between Quantum Machines and Oxford Instruments, Qblox and Maybell Quantum, as well as Tabor Quantum Solutions and FormFactor, the latter two featuring a QuantWare chip. Although not all collaborations directly lead to product offerings, the demonstrations which include a chip also match the smale-scale system offerings of full-stack companies such as IQM Quantum Computers. For now, the OrangeQS R&D System is still the only system optimized for quantum chip testing.

One reason for this shift can be found in the speed at which the field of superconducting quantum physics is moving, which poses a challenge for new and expanding laboratories. These entities are increasingly reluctant to allocate resources to resolving compatibility issues and managing the complex integration of soft- and hardware infrastructures. The demand is growing for plug-and-play solutions that minimize setup times, allowing labs to focus on their research.

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