SEEQC deploys FormFactor’s qubit pre-screening solution to speed quantum computing development

By Sandra Helsel posted 03 Jun 2022

(TheStreet) FormFactor, Inc. (FORM), a leading semiconductor test and measurement supplier, today announced that SEEQC, the Digital Quantum Computing company, has deployed FormFactor’s recently announced integrated measurement solution to markedly expedite its quantum computing research and development program. IQT-News summarizes the announcement.

The measurement solution, including the sub-50mK HPD Model 106 Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator (ADR) and the PQ500 RF and DC probe socket, complements sub-10mK dilution refrigerators to accelerate cryogenic test cycles by more than two times.
As the quantum computing industry matures and scales up the number of qubits for commercialization, accelerating test cycles becomes a priority. FormFactor’s innovative new PQ500 high-density probe socket, the first commercial product of its kind, allows scientists to directly probe quantum computing processor dies inside ultra-low temperature cryostats like ADRs.
“Wire-bonding of high-performance quantum and classical superconducting integrated circuits is a time-consuming, low reliability process that is a common hassle for many cryogenic electronics developers,” said Oleg Mukhanov, CTO of SEEQC, a developer of quantum computing systems in which superconducting qubit and single flux quantum (SFQ) chips are combined to achieve high system scalability.
“With FormFactor’s probe socket solution, we have been able to eliminate wire-bonding for qubits, SFQ circuits, and multi-chip modules for faster device characterization to identify the known-good die for final quantum testing. This has streamlined and improved our device characterization process especially in providing fast feedback to our foundry fabricating superconducting integrated circuits and multi-chip modules.”
“SEEQC is an early adopter of FormFactor’s innovative test technologies. Our collaboration with SEEQC delivers the capability that truly addresses the unique test and measurement challenges with the emerging quantum computing industry,” said Amy Leong, Senior VP and General Manager of the Emerging Growth Business Unit at FormFactor. “It’s one more step on our roadmap to bring productivity innovations as the quantum computing market matures.”

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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