D-Wave’s quantum computer chips fabbed at Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor and D-Wave Systems have announced the transfer of proprietary process technology for building quantum computing microprocessors to Cypress’s wafer foundry in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Quantum computing firm D-Wave selected Cypress as its foundry and started the site change in January of 2013, and Cypress delivered first silicon on June 26.
“The site change to Cypress will enable D-Wave to continue to scale its technology to meet its objective of delivering quantum processors that radically outperform conventional computing platforms,” said Eric Ladizinsky, D-Wave co-founder and Chief Scientist.
“The yield results we saw on first silicon exceeded our expectations and validate that Cypress was the right foundry choice for our technology development and processor production,” said Ladizinsky.
Canada-based D-Wave’s main product, the 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer, is built around a novel type of superconducting processor that uses quantum mechanics to massively accelerate computation.
Recently D-Wave announced the installation of a D-Wave Two system at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab created jointly by NASA, Google and USRA.
This came soon after Lockheed-Martin’s purchase of an upgrade of their 128-qubit D-Wave OneTM system to a 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer.