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Quantum Machines and Hamamatsu Photonics join for quantum computing control

2nd May 2024
Kristian McCann

The combined solution integrates OPX with ORCA Cameras to provide fast camera readout capabilities for cold atoms and trapped-ions qubits. Quantum Machines (QM), a provider of processor-based quantum controllers, recently announced the integration of its advanced Observe with Hamamatsu’s high-speed ORCA-Quest camera. 

The collaboration between Quantum Machines and Hamamatsu advances quantum computation, communication, and sensing. QM’s Observe is a high-speed camera interface with an image processor that complements the OPX quantum control suite. This combination of Observe and ORCA cameras provides fast camera readout capabilities for cold atom and trapped-ion qubits. The integration not only boosts the speed but also maintains flexibility, allowing researchers to interface with personal computers for additional image processing capabilities. Key Advantages:

  • Real-time Image Processing: The solution achieves a market-leading image processing speed, offering quantum researchers unprecedented control over their experiments.
  • Seamless OPX Integration: The integration with QM's OPX facilitates effortless programming using the QUA language, ensuring feedback times below 100µs, not including camera exposure and related delays.
  • Trusted and Proven: The system’s reliability is evidenced by its adoption in prestigious laboratories and by leading quantum computing adopters globally. Compatibility and Performance:
  • OPX+ supports Camera Link and CoaXPress interfaces and is compatible with leading quantitative CMOS (qCMOS) cameras such as Hamamatsu’s.
  • The Hamamatsu ORCA-Quest offers enhanced scalability thanks to its smaller pixel size and higher resolution. This improvement allows for the utilisation of more compact optical configurations while also increasing the number of detectable samples.
  • The solution guarantees real-time, deterministic frame acquisition and image processing.

"The collaboration between QM and Hamamatsu is a game-changer, enhancing the precision and speed of quantum measurements," said Itamar Sivan, Co-founder and CEO of Quantum Machines. "This synergy between our technologies paves the way for advancements in quantum computing, bringing us closer to realising its full potential. We're not just enhancing our system's capabilities; we're redefining the boundaries of what's possible in quantum research."

"Hamamatsu is highly enthusiastic about the potential of photonics in the quantum world as a leading photonics company. Our collaboration with Quantum Machines has accelerated the development of our camera systems, optimised for quantum computing. We are proud to announce the beginning of an adventure towards fault-tolerant quantum computing, together with Quantum Machines," said Tadashi Maruno, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hamamatsu Photonics.

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