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Scalable quantum technology

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary, disciplined approach to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle followed by design synthesis and system validation.

At QuTech, we believe that systems engineering contributes to the development of robust and scalable quantum technology. We apply systems engineering by structurally working according to design methods such as the V-model or MBSE. This way of working allows us to bring the quantum technology to the next level. Contact engineering lead Richard Versluis for more information about our systems engineering expertise.

Projects we contribute to

Quantum Inspire

In order to make quantum computing accessible for everyone we have developed Quantum Inspire; the first European quantum computer in the cloud and the world’s first computer with a processor that is using scalable spin qubits. Systems engineers successfully designed and build this quantum computer by defining the required functionalities of the system and its subsystems and by properly validating these.

Visit our online platform to get access to Quantum Inspire.

Towards a scalable and modular quantum computer using diamond qubits

QuTech and Fujitsu signed a collaboration agreement to combine efforts in a multi-year research project. The aim of the project is to develop the building blocks for a modular quantum computer based on diamond spin qubits.

The systems engineers tie together the full project in terms of requirements, constraints, and achievable overall goals. They interact with all the aspects of the project, to guide the overall direction of the efforts and provide coherence towards the final goal of the project. In particular, the system engineers are tasked to deliver the final blueprint based on the result and insights gained in this project.

Lead systems engineer is Erwin van Zwet

Read the press release here

Quantum Network Explorer (QNE)

Quantum Network Explorer (QNE) is a platform that give users the capability to contribute to a future quantum internet by actively exploring, learning, and even building your own applications for quantum networks.

Find out more: Quantum Internet Demonstrator

Join the quantum revolution: visit QNE!

QITT - Quantum Information Technology Testing Facility

Accelerating innovation in quantum technologies will require all active players – including SMEs and start-ups – to test and validate their concepts. But often, smaller partners don’t have the facilities or funding to go from concept to minimum viable product. Our systems engineers have designed a test facility in which companies can have their quantum devices and components tested in a full stack system implementation.

The facility is designed to operate both semiconductor spin qubits and superconducting transmon qubits with a fast-loading system to enable high-throughput testing. It can also accommodate testing of cryogenic or non-cryogenic equipment, software and more. The modular architecture allows it to benchmark single subsystem of a full quantum computing stack.

Companies such as Orange Quantum Systems, Qblox and QuantWare already connected to QITT to improve their services and technologies.

Learn more about QITT or contact our lead engineer James Kroll for more information




If you have questions or want to get more information about our Systems Engineering expertise contact Engineering Lead Richard Versluis.

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Engineering expertises

Quantum technology is among the most far-reaching and challenging technologies of our time. To address this challenge, our researchers and engineers from different divisions work closely together to optimize our research projects. Interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial for making the next steps in developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an inherently safe quantum internet.

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