The German Aerospace Center ( (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or DLR) has awarded contracts for five sub-projects to eleQtron, NXP® Semiconductors Germany, Parity Quantum Computing Germany, QUDORA Technologies and Universal Quantum Deutschland for development of ion trap processors over the next four years. The goal will be to have quantum processors that have at least 50 qubits along with creation of modular technology that can be scale up modular systems to thousands of qubits.

The first project is being performed by a consortium including NXP Semiconductors Germany, eleQtron, and Parity Quantum Computing Germany which will be to develop a 10 qubit demonstration processor by the end of 2023. A second project is for Universal Quantum Deutschland to build a processor with 50 fully functioning qubits on a chip. A third project is with  Qudora Technologies and NXP Semiconductors Germany which are also developing a 50 qubit processor while also researching error correction on the chip. And two additional projects with Universal Quantum Deutschland and NXP Semiconductors Germany / eleQtron / Parity Quantum Computing Germany will study how to network individual chips to create a universal quantum computing architecture.

The companies working on these projects will be able to take advantage of the offices, laboratories and a clean room in the DLR Innovation Centre in Hamburg and the DLR Innovation Centre in Ulm. DLR’s funding for the awards has come from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). More information about these awards can be found in a news release posted on the DLR website here along with associated releases from ParityQC here and from Universal Quantum here.

October 29, 2022