13 03 2020

First IBM quantum computer in Europe to be installed in the German Southwest

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and IBM have announced the installation of IBM's currently commercially most powerful quantum computer in the region of Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. The state government is therefore providing 40 million euros in funding for the establishment of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's "Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg".

"The establishment of the quantum computer and the establishment of the competence centre in Baden-Württemberg is a great success and an enormous opportunity for industry and science in our state," said Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg. According to Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, the competence centre marks an important step towards exploiting the innovative potential of quantum computing for economic and scientific applications in the state. Especially with regard to artificial intelligence, the enormous computing power opens up completely new possibilities, said the Minister.

The competence center, which will be operated by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, is to be established this year together with universities, other non-university research institutions and partners from start-ups and established small, medium-sized and larger companies from Baden-Württemberg. Together with the state, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will initiate the call for proposals for joint projects on quantum hardware and software with partners from science and industry. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will work together with IBM, the scientific institutions and industry to develop the knowledge required for these projects and transfer it into practice. With the internationally visible research and development centre, the state hopes to stimulate a completely new quantum hardware and software industry in the German Southwest, with the possibility of spin-offs in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics as well as quantum informatics. Interested universities, companies and non-university research institutions can participate in the work of the competence centre as members and project partners.

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