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GlobalFoundries Sharpens Photonics Edge for Quantum Manufacturing

May 7, 2021

GlobalFoundries Sharpens Photonics Edge for Quantum Manufacturing

“Quantum computing has a reputation for being the stuff of science fiction with exotic materials, fabrication, and operating environments,” Shadbolt says. Yu and his team have been working with quantum computing startup, PsiQuantum, to work toward building a million-qubit quantum system based on existing manufacturing processes. Although CMOS will continue to be our bread and butter, we are looking at new materials and light-based qubits to solve the problems of the twenty-first century,” he adds. “No other foundry is doing what we’re doing, from using 300mm VLSI manufacturing to this work,” Yu explains. “We’ve been concentrating our foundry offering for datacenter and interconnects, for the big demands from cars, and streaming with high bandwidth and low loss and power.” When GF acquired IBM Microelectronics and its two fabs and 6,000 employees (Yu included), it also captured twelve years of IBM Research work on photonics manufacturing and materials. All photonics work is centered in the U.S. and R&D in photonics is significant at GF,” Yu explains.

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