Quantum Tech

Looking to scale up Finland’s next quantum computer

18th June 2024
Paige West

The Finnish state has committed to financing the procurement of Finland’s next quantum computer.

Consequently, the state-owned VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is initiating a tendering process to find a partner for an innovative co-development project aimed at scaling the country’s most powerful quantum computer to 300 qubits.

In collaboration with its current innovation partner, VTT has already developed 5- and 20-qubit quantum computers. The third and final quantum computer in this partnership, with 50 qubits, is scheduled for launch later in 2024.

The new public call for tenders seeks a co-development partnership between VTT and a new innovation partner to advance quantum computers with higher qubit numbers and enhanced performance. Through this procurement, VTT aims to bolster Finland’s leading position in the development of quantum technologies.

To secure a competitive edge for Finland in the quantum computing sector, VTT, in collaboration with the selected partner, will explore the possibility of optimising the quantum computer to solve specific types of mathematical problems.

”VTT has unique expertise in computer-aided materials design, which can be used to accelerate the development cycles of many technologies. This is why we are looking for an innovation partner with whom we can explore optimising the quantum computer particularly for materials modelling. We are convinced that specialisation promotes technological innovations and creates an extensive array of new opportunities for Finnish industry, for example, within the field of chemistry applications and bio-based innovations. This strategy will strengthen our competitiveness and help us differentiate ourselves even more in the global market through our expertise,” says Antti Vasara, CEO of VTT.

The procurement is focused exclusively on superconducting quantum computers, aligning with VTT’s research objectives and leveraging its extensive expertise in superconductive quantum technologies. This initiative also aims to create and secure new intellectual property related to quantum technologies for Finland.

The chosen partner will be required to provide a temporary computing service for VTT and its Finnish collaborators immediately upon the commencement of the development project.

Quantum computing is expected to revolutionise several industries, with materials research, synthetic biology, the pharmaceutical industry, and the financial sector poised to be among the first to benefit.

Quantum technologies have been identified by the European Commission as crucial for Europe’s development and technological self-sufficiency. The funding granted to VTT for the procurement and development of the quantum computer will enhance both Finnish and European capabilities in quantum technologies and computing.

VTT is conducting the call for tenders with assistance from KPMG. Applications must be submitted by 2nd August. The tendering process will involve several phases, with the aim of selecting a supplier by early 2025.

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