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Primeur weekly 2019-03-04

Focus

Belgium to contribute 5 million euro to Finnish led pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Crowd computing

Crowd computing network delves into protein structure and seeks new disease therapies ...

Quantum computing

Bosch and QuSoft start quantum computing collaboration ...

Faster method to read quantum memory ...

'Immunizing' quantum bits so that they can grow up ...

D-Wave previews next-generation quantum computing platform ...

Intel drives development of quantum cryoprober with Bluefors and Afore to accelerate quantum computing ...

Researchers move closer to practical photonic quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2019 keynotes will reflect challenges and opportunities ahead ...

Middleware

Western Digital uses Univa HPC Cloud solutions on Amazon Web Services to build million core cluster, improving business competitive advantage ...

Univa offers new support services to Open Source Grid Engine users ...

Hardware

Analytics market leaders DDN Storage and SQream partnering to deliver accelerated business decisions ...

Panasas announces new growth investment and additions to its Board of Directors ...

Fujitsu launches industry's first 600G hyperscale optical transport solution, empowering tomorrow's high-speed networks ...

VAST Data unveils its universal storage architecture to bring an end to the enterprise HDD and storage tiering era ...

Global High Performance Computing (HPC) Market 2019-2024 by Component, Infrastructure, Services, Price Band, HPC Applications, and Deployment Type ...

Applications

Stampede2 and Maverick systems at TACC help power visualization of Arctic Ocean data ...

University at Buffalo names Abani Patra to lead Center for Computational Research ...

Supercomputing enables sound prediction model for controlling noise ...

The Cloud

Mellanox propels JD Cloud to new levels of performance and efficiency ...

National Science Foundation funds second round for OSC's Open OnDemand ...

Intel drives development of quantum cryoprober with Bluefors and Afore to accelerate quantum computing


Built by Intel, Bluefors and Afore, the first Cryogenic Wafer Prober is a cryoprober tool designed to test and validate qubits needed for quantum computing. The Cryogenic Wafer Prober allows researchers to test qubits on 300mm wafers down to temperatures of a few kelvins, making it a first-of-its-kind testing tool for quantum computing. The first Cryogenic Wafer Prober will be located at Intel's Oregon campus. Credit: Intel Corporation.)
28 Feb 2019 Santa Clara - Intel, Bluefors and Afore have introduced the first cryoprober, a quantum testing device named the Cryogenic Wafer Prober, developed specifically to speed the development of quantum computing solutions. Intel identified the need for a quantum testing tool to collect more data about quantum chips called "qubits".

"Building on our expertise in transistor process technology, we saw the need to create a 300mm high-volume fabrication and test line for semiconductor spin qubits. We are focused on the manufacturability and scaling issues for quantum, and a fast feedback through the cryoprober allows Intel to accelerate our scientific learning", stated Dr. Jim Clarke, director of Quantum Hardware, Intel.

One of the biggest challenges with quantum computing is data collection and access to data. Today, each quantum processor is tested for months in a low-temperature dilution refrigerator to determine what works and what doesn't work.

Conventional transistors are very different, and with the right tools, Intel can characterize a large subset of these transistors on a 300mm wafer in about an hour and rapidly inform the feedback loop back to the fabrication line. For quantum computing, however, the turn-on characteristics of qubits must be measured at low temperatures of less than a few kelvins above absolute zero. Until now, the electrical characterization of qubits was very slow compared with traditional transistors, often taking days to collect even small subsets of data.

Intel approached Bluefors, an expert in building cryogen-free dilution refrigerator systems with a strong focus on quantum computing, who partnered with Afore, a micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) test solutions provider based in Finland, to design and manufacture the device. The Cryogenic Wafer Prober allows researchers to test qubits on 300mm wafers down to temperatures of a few kelvins, making it a first-of-its-kind testing tool for quantum computing. The first Cryogenic Wafer Prober will be located at Intel's Oregon campus next to several quantum computing dilution refrigerators.

"So far the past year, Intel has worked with Bluefors and Afore to combine our expertise and build a fast, electrical characterization tool that can operate in the quantum regime. We hope that by designing this tool, the industry can use it to accelerate the progress of quantum computing", Jim Clarke stated of the project.

"Intel approached us more than a year ago, looking for a tool with the possibility to probe 300mm wafers at temperatures of only a few kelvins", stated Dr. David Gunnarsson, Bluefors chief sales officer and principal scientist. "This was indeed a challenge, and to be able to take on a tool like this, we reached out to another Finnish company, Afore, which has long experience in specialized wafer probe systems. Together we came up with a design for a tool, the cryogenic wafer prober, which we now have constructed and assembled. We are looking forward in excitement to see the advances this tool will bring to the future of quantum computing."

This tool allows Intel to automate and collect information on spin qubits, including sources of quantum noise, the quality of quantum dots and the materials that matter in building spin qubits in a matter of minutes versus weeks.

In a first demonstration of the utility of the Cryogenic Wafer Prober, Intel measured the electrical turn-on characteristic for more than 100 qubit structures across a wafer fabricated at Intel's silicon qubit fabrication flow on its 300mm processing line in Oregon. The attached graphic illustrates the tool's novel ability to collect high-volume cryogenic data and create a statistical correlation of the increase in turn-on voltage between room temperature and cryogenic temperature. With this tool, Intel will be able to speed feedback into the silicon spin qubit fabrication line and accelerate quantum computing research and development.
Source: Intel

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Primeur weekly 2019-03-04

Focus

Belgium to contribute 5 million euro to Finnish led pre-exascale EuroHPC consortium ...

Crowd computing

Crowd computing network delves into protein structure and seeks new disease therapies ...

Quantum computing

Bosch and QuSoft start quantum computing collaboration ...

Faster method to read quantum memory ...

'Immunizing' quantum bits so that they can grow up ...

D-Wave previews next-generation quantum computing platform ...

Intel drives development of quantum cryoprober with Bluefors and Afore to accelerate quantum computing ...

Researchers move closer to practical photonic quantum computing ...

Focus on Europe

ISC 2019 keynotes will reflect challenges and opportunities ahead ...

Middleware

Western Digital uses Univa HPC Cloud solutions on Amazon Web Services to build million core cluster, improving business competitive advantage ...

Univa offers new support services to Open Source Grid Engine users ...

Hardware

Analytics market leaders DDN Storage and SQream partnering to deliver accelerated business decisions ...

Panasas announces new growth investment and additions to its Board of Directors ...

Fujitsu launches industry's first 600G hyperscale optical transport solution, empowering tomorrow's high-speed networks ...

VAST Data unveils its universal storage architecture to bring an end to the enterprise HDD and storage tiering era ...

Global High Performance Computing (HPC) Market 2019-2024 by Component, Infrastructure, Services, Price Band, HPC Applications, and Deployment Type ...

Applications

Stampede2 and Maverick systems at TACC help power visualization of Arctic Ocean data ...

University at Buffalo names Abani Patra to lead Center for Computational Research ...

Supercomputing enables sound prediction model for controlling noise ...

The Cloud

Mellanox propels JD Cloud to new levels of performance and efficiency ...

National Science Foundation funds second round for OSC's Open OnDemand ...