(ChicagoQuantumExchange) he Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) has added four new corporate partners to its growing community. The new corporate partners are ASM International (ASM), Atom Computing, EeroQ, and Quantinuum. These global leaders in the quantum supply chain, including manufacturing, hardware, and software, are joining the more than 30 companies that participate in the CQE community. With collaborative efforts, the Chicago Quantum Exchange and its partners advance the science and engineering necessary to build and scale quantum technologies and develop practical applications, while working to encourage and foster the next generation of quantum-ready scientists and engineers.
“Partnering with groundbreaking researchers in quantum information science will enable our community to advance, train the future workforce, and build a quantum ecosystem in Chicago,” said David Awschalom, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and Physics at the University of Chicago, senior scientist at Argonne, director of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, and director of Q-NEXT, a Department of Energy Quantum Information Science Center. “Each of these companies has driven the field forward, and their expertise and innovation will help us continue to push the limits of quantum technology and engineering.”
ASM: As a key contributor of the quantum supply chain, ASM is one of the largest providers of semiconductor processing equipment and tools in the world. With more than 50 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing, it has deep expertise in processing technologies such as atomic layer deposition. As a partner, ASM will be able to support CQE with material and process deposition activities, enabling innovative research and development in the field of quantum information.
Atom Computing: Atom Computing, which develops quantum computers with nuclear-spin qubits made from optically-trapped neutral atoms, is on a mission to build the world’s most scalable and reliable quantum computers. In July 2021, the company announced its first 100-qubit quantum computer, Phoenix. The company recently announced a $60 million in Series B round, which will enable Atom Computing to build and bring to market their second-generation of quantum computers. Atom Computing is partnering with the CQE to build partnerships with researchers and contribute to collaborative research on next-generation quantum technologies and algorithms.
EeroQ: Another potential quantum computer platform is being developed by EeroQ. With an engineering team led by professors from and Michigan State University and Princeton University, EeroQ aims to build a large-scale commercial quantum computer using electrons trapped on the surface of superfluid helium. This technology has the potential for an ideal qubit, with both exceptionally long coherence times, CMOS compatibility, and fast gates—key advantages in quantum computer design. EeroQ is in the process of moving its headquarters to a 9,600 square foot engineering lab in Chicago at The Terminal in Humboldt Park and will work with the CQE to connect with talent in the region.
Quantinuum: As a recent combination of two strong global leaders in quantum computing, Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum, Quantinuum integrates quantum hardware and software, including solutions for drug discovery, materials science, finance, and other applications. Quantinuum aims to be a center of gravity for quantum computing, supporting collaboration across the ecosystem, including developing use cases with CQE researchers and connecting with students.