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EU Sets Target for Semiconductors and Quantum Technologies

By IQT News posted 09 Mar 2021

(Engineering&Technology) The EU’s ’2030 Digital Compass’ plan – recently presented by the European Commission – lays out the bloc’s ambitions to advance its digital technology sectors.
An important part of the plan is boosting its production of next-generation semiconductors, detangling its tech supply chains from China. European companies are particularly vulnerable to chip shortages, given its “high-risk dependencies” on East Asian and US semiconductor manufacturers in the absence of a significant chipmaking presence in the region.
The plan also includes a target to develop its first quantum computer (complexity not specified) in five years. It acknowledged the importance of quantum technologies in research, such as the development of new therapeutics and to accelerate genome sequencing.
“It is our proposed level of ambition that by 2025, Europe will have the first computer with quantum acceleration paving the way for Europe to be at the cutting edge of quantum capabilities by 2030,” the document stated.
The plan will require approval from all EU member states and the European Parliament.

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