World’s Largest Universal Quantum Photonic Processor Available

Quix photonic processor (click to enlarge; source: Phix)

Quix, a photonic quantum technologies company, has demonstrated the world’s largest universal quantum photonic processor. The device is plug-and-play, compatible with all photon sources, and is commercially available. It was unveiled at a product presentation earlier today.

Quantum computing will revolutionize the way we process information. To bring this closer to real-world applications, Quix has developed a photonic quantum processor – the device at the heart of an optical quantum computer.

The processor consists of a series of channels through which photons can flow. At the intersection of where two channels intersect, quantum interference happens. Problems can be programmed into the processor by adjusting the quantum states fed into the system as well as the intersections between channels. With more channels, more photons can flow through the system, resulting in higher processing power. Therefore, the fact that Quix has developed a processor with more channels than previously achieved is a significant technological progress.

Hans van den Vlekkert, CEO of Quix, explains: “While this processor is not yet suited for industrial applications, it is the largest of its kind in the world. With this as a starting point we will rapidly increase the capacity of our processors towards real-world applications. We are confident that we have by no means exhausted the technological limitations of our platform.”

Quix develops its quantum processors using the proprietary TriPleX platform, building on fundamental research of the University of Twente and the industrial expertise of Lionix International. Optical quantum computing has seen a significant growth in interest and investment in recent years, due to its strategic global importance. Quix has a significant advantage in this market due to its close ties with the photonics cluster around University of Twente and deep industry experience. Quix’ major investors are Forward.one and OostNL. Quix photonic processor (Source: Phix)

Further reading: PhotonicsViews 6/2020 – focus section ‘quantum technologies’

Reference: C. Taballione et al.: A 12-mode Universal Photonic Processor for Quantum Information Processing, arXiv:2012.05673 [quant-ph]

Link: Integrated photonics for optical quantum computing, QuiX BV, Enschede, The Netherlands

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