(HPCWire) Quantum Motion, a UK-based quantum computing startup led by academics from UCL and Oxford University, has made a breakthrough that radically advances the viability and production of quantum computers. Quantum Motion has been able to demonstrate state of the art quantum capabilities using industrial-grade silicon chips, helping to set a blueprint for how quantum chips can be manufactured at scale using existing manufacturing processes.
Quantum Motion was founded in 2017 and has raised £8million in series A funding, led by INKEF capital, a Dutch based venture capital company. The round was supported by new investors Octopus Ventures and the National Security Strategic Investment Fund (NSSIF) as well as existing investors Oxford Sciences Innovation, Parkwalk Advisors and IP Group plc.
The discovery changes the dynamics in the development of quantum computing, showing that it is possible to build devices at scale using established processes and fabrication plants. This contrasts with other industry approaches that are looking at totally new manufacturing processes or even newly discovered particles. This potentially makes quantum computing development quicker and more cost effective.
“We’re hacking the process of creating qubits, so the same kind of technology that makes the chip in a smartphone can be used to build quantum computers,” said John Morton, Professor of Nanoelectronics at UCL and co-founder of Quantum Motion. “It has taken 70 years for transistor development to reach where we are today in computing and we can’t spend another 70 years trying to invent new manufacturing processes to build quantum computers. We need millions of qubits and an ultra-scalable architecture for building them, our discovery gives us the blueprint to shortcut our way to industrial scale quantum chip production.”