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Finland launches a 20-qubit quantum computer

Fri 13 Oct 2023

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and IQM Quantum Computers have completed Finland’s second quantum computer. 

The debut of a 20-qubit quantum computer marks an advancement in Finland’s engagement with quantum computing. In 2021, Finland initiated its quantum computing journey with a 5-qubit computer.

“We are proud of this moment. It is a pivotal achievement in our journey for our team, Finland, and the European quantum ecosystem. This is not just a testament to working with partners in the ecosystem, but also to our technological capabilities,” said Dr. Jan Goetz, CEO and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers.

Finland announced its efforts in quantum computing development in November 2020. The Government allocated a total budget of £17.8 million ($21.8 million) to develop a 50-qubit quantum computer by 2024.

In the coming years, the development will continue as the Finnish Government has announced a total budget of £60 million ($73 million) to scale up the quantum computer towards 300 qubits and quantum advantage.

“In Finland, we have always challenged ourselves and pushed our boundaries to innovate… We have set ourselves very ambitious goals to build three quantum computers in four years, relying on our domestic industry,” said Antti Vasara, President and CEO of VTT.

Already in the current project, significant technology development steps have been taken that enable the scaling up of the now completed 20-qubit quantum computer to 50-qubits. VTT and IQM plan to complete the upgrade by the end of 2024.

“We have, for example, improved integration methods and signaling. We have also developed manufacturing and packaging methods that allow a greater number of qubits to be placed on a single silicon chip and to conduct their electrical signals at temperatures close to absolute zero. In the new quantum computer, there are 20 qubits on a silicon chip. However, we have managed to develop the integration methods to increase the number of qubits even further,” said Pekka Pursula, Research Manager at VTT.

The new 20-qubit quantum computer is located at VTT premises in Micronova, the national research infrastructure for micro and nanotechnology in Espoo in the south of Finland. Finland’s first 5-qubit quantum computer is also located in the same premises.

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