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Zurich Instruments strengthens ties in the Korean market through strategic collaborations

By Zurich Instruments posted 27 Jun 2024


These strategic partnerships reflect Zurich Instruments’ dedication to fostering international collaboration and quantum innovation in industry and academia alike. “We are excited to expand our collaborations in South Korea and strengthen our presence in this dynamic market,” says Andrea Orzati, CEO of Zurich Instruments. “Our cooperation with KRISS, along with new partnerships with Norma and KAIST, represent our commitment to advancing quantum technologies and education globally. With all these partners, we drive innovation and support a thriving quantum ecosystem in Korea.”

Zurich Instruments deepens its collaborative ties in South Korea by signing two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with quantum security specialist company Norma and the renowned Graduate School of Quantum Science & Technology of KAIST. The collaborations aim at driving advancements in quantum computing, as well as fostering quantum engineering talent. Already since 2022, Zurich Instruments collaborates with the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) on the development of high-performance superconducting qubits and calibration technology. Combined, these initiatives contribute to the country’s strategic goal to become a quantum technology leader in 2030.

Bolstering Collaboration with KRISS

KRISS is the host institute for a 50-qubit scale quantum computer project initiated by the Korean government in 2022. Following the supply of quantum computing control systems to KRISS by Zurich Instruments, the institute demonstrated rapid progress on 20-qubit system operation at the recent K-Quantum Square Meeting. Intensifying the successful collaboration, Zurich Instruments and KRISS have established a framework for knowledge exchange in 2023 in a MoU. Scientists from Korea have since visited Switzerland, fostering mutual learning and the sharing of best practices. This joint effort leverages the strengths of both institutions: Zurich Instruments’ expertise in quantum computing control systems, and KRISS’s profound insights into standards and precision in scientific research.

New Strategic Partnerships

Building on the success of its collaboration with KRISS, Zurich Instruments has signed two new MoUs speaking to its commitment to the Korean market.

  1. Partnership with Norma Inc.

The partnership with Norma Inc. aims at improving the offering for full-stack quantum computing to Korean customers. A key element of the partnership is to develop an interface between Norma’s Q Platform software for quantum computing end users, and Zurich Instruments’ Quantum Computing Control System (QCCS). A special focus lies on quantum platforms and algorithms essential to the success of quantum computing. The two companies will also develop a joint offering tailored to the specific needs and technological focus of Korean customers.

The MoU was signed during the Quantum Korea event held at Kintex in Ilsan, Korea. “This agreement is a strategic step towards integrating Norma’s Q Platform with Zurich Instruments’ QCCS, driving advancements in quantum computing technology. This collaboration is pivotal for the technological progress and global market expansion of both companies.”, says Jung Hyun Chul, CEO of Norma. Moritz Kirste, Head of Business Development at Zurich Instruments, adds: “This collaboration enables Korean users to utilize the full quantum stack and focus on the development of algorithms and applications without spending time on developing lower software layers.”.

Partnership with KAIST

A new partnership with the Graduate School of Quantum Science & Technology of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) aims to elevate quantum computing education in Korea, equipping students with the skills necessary for successful careers in the quantum field. By utilizing the advanced hardware and software developed by Zurich Instruments, this collaboration will create a talent pipeline of highly skilled individuals in South Korea. Together, Zurich Instruments and KAIST will work to develop cutting-edge educational programs that prepare the next generation of quantum computing professionals.

The MoU was signed during the Quantum Korea event held at Kintex in Ilsan, Korea. “This collaboration will significantly enhance our students’ learning experience by providing access to cutting-edge measurement technologies, enriching their practical skills, and advancing our quantum science research capabilities. It represents a substantial step forward in our mission to develop the next generation of workforce in quantum science and technology.” Prof. Eunseong Kim, Chair of KAIST Graduate School of Quantum Science and Technology, and Moritz Kirste Head of Business Development at Zurich Instruments, adds: “Innovations in the field of quantum computing benefit immensely from scientific exchange. We are proud to invest in the training of early stage researchers jointly with such a renowned Korean partner”.

About Zurich Instruments

Zurich Instruments is a Swiss company with a passion for phenomena that are often notoriously difficult to measure. We lead the change by developing cutting-edge hardware and software for quantum computing control systems, lock-in amplifiers, impedance analyzers, and arbitrary waveform generators. As a company of scientists for scientists, we tackle challenges of research by providing a wide product portfolio that reduces complexity of laboratory setups, unlocks new measurement strategies and complies to Swiss quality standards. Our commitment to collaborations and real-time support is reflected in seven offices worldwide, numerous research partnerships, and thousands of publications referring to Zurich Instruments. Since 2021, Zurich Instruments is a part of the Rohde & Schwarz and continues its sustainable growth to advance science and accelerate the second quantum revolution.


Since its establishment in 1975, serving as the National Metrology Institute, KRISS has provided a foundation for the development of science and technology of Korea. Especially, based on the legacy of pioneering quantum science and technology for 30 years, KRISS is committed to becoming leading research institutes in the field of Quantum technology. KRISS is working on research with the goal of developing 50-qubit superconductivity-based quantum computing system by 2026. KRISS also develops technologies for measuring and controlling quantum objects and excitations such as photons, atoms, electrons, and phonons. KRISS is also expanding international cooperation with advanced research institutes in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and EU countries in the quantum field.

About Norma Inc.

Founded in 2011, Norma is a front-runner in AI-based IoT integrated security solutions, providing products such as ‘IoT Care 2.0.’ Norma has demonstrated its technological prowess with references from key public institutions, including the Ministry of National Defense, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, and the National Police Agency. The company is expanding its expertise into quantum-resistant cryptography (PQC) for IoT, automotive, and smart home security solutions. Notably, Norma has developed the ‘Q Platform’ and is engaged in multiple international collaborations in quantum computing.


KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. Established in 1971 by the Korean government, KAIST educated and trained scientists and engineers committed to industrialization and economic growth in Korea. Since then, KAIST and its 74,999 graduates have been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. KAIST has emerged as one of the most innovative universities with more than 11,000 students enrolled in five colleges and seven schools including 934 international students from 88 countries. Building upon the past 50+ years of hard work, KAIST will continue to pursue advances in science and technology as well as the economic development of Korea and beyond.

Categories: Conference, quantum computing

Tags: Inc., KAIST, Korea, Kriss, Norma, Quantum, Zurich Instruments

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