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Six Qubit Processor (TU Delft, QuTech, TNO)


A new technical paper titled "Universal control of a six-qubit quantum processor in silicon" was just published by researchers at Delft University of Technology, QuTech and Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). "We increase the number of qubits and simultaneously achieve respectable fidelities for universal operation, state preparation and measurement. We design, fa... » read more

Startup Funding: July 2022


Quantum computing may seem like a futuristic technology, but computation based on superposition and entanglement is here and investors are eager to get behind it. Two of July's rounds that passed the $100 million mark were for superconducting quantum processor companies, one of which is also developing EDA software to assist in designing quantum circuits. And it's not just mega-rounds. Two quan... » read more

Startup Funding: May 2022


May was another strong month for China as it continues its push to build a native semiconductor ecosystem. Over half the month's total funding went to startups in the country. Over half the companies funded were from China as well, including two FPGA companies, three making CPUs, a GPU startup, and numerous networking and wireless chip companies. Two of those, in FPGAs and CPUs, raised rounds s... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Nov. 30


Quantum chemistry QunaSys has launched a technology that enables researchers to perform chemical calculations using quantum computers in the cloud. The company has announced the launch of the cloud version of Qamuy, which is supported by Amazon Web Services Japan. Qamuy is a software technology that allows researchers to perform chemical calculations using quantum computers. Developers c... » read more

The Week In Review: Manufacturing


GlobalFoundries has partnered with Catena, a supplier of radio frequency (RF) communication IPs, to offer complete Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions for system-on-chip (SoC) designers targeting mobile, Internet-of-Things (IoT), RF connectivity markets. In addition, GlobalFoundries and QEOS are partnering to co-develop the industry’s first mmW CMOS platform. Samsung Electronics said that its 20... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: July 7


Silicon photonics prototyping A group of European and other research organizations have put the finishing touches on a project to help propel the development of silicon photonics into the commercial market. The project, dubbed ESSenTIAL, enables small- to mid-sized enterprises to develop prototypes and products based on silicon photonics. Funded by the European Commission, the project inclu... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: March 24


Mouse brains to multi-beam At the recent SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, Sematech provided an update on its multi-beam, e-beam inspection program. The goal is to develop a next-generation inspection tool, which could be faster than traditional e-beam inspection and could one day displace brightfield inspection. “Optical inspection is having trouble detecting particles that are small... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: March 24


Power from packing peanuts After setting up a new lab, a Purdue University research team was left with a problem: mountains of packing peanuts. Instead of filling bags destined for a dumpster, the team saw an opportunity to find the packing material a useful purpose. The result was a process to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-... » read more

Supersizing Wafers


By Katherine Derbyshire Get ready for 450mm wafers. First seriously considered in 2005, these supersized wafers, along with the equipment to handle, measure, and process them, have gradually made their way to the top of the semiconductor industry’s priority list. But what exactly does that mean? What will 450mm fabs look like, and how will they differ from the 300-mm fabs being built toda... » read more