Intel joins forces with Argonne National Laboratory to further Quantum Computing Research

After the major announcement of massive funding from the white house into AI and Quantum, new institutes are being set-up with the aim of furthering research and collaboration with industry partners. One institute at the Argonne National Laboratory named Q-Next will work with Intel on building research capabilities out in a number of key areas.

It may surprise some that Intel is involved in quantum computing, but it is one of the only semiconductor chip makers with activities in the quantum domain. Its particular interest is in spin qubits, using quantum dot technology.

Q-NEXT, a collaboration involving the world’s leading minds from the national laboratories, universities and the private sector, is one of five National Quantum Information Science (QIS) Research Centers awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) in August 2020. It is funded by DOE at $115 million over the next five years, with $15 million in fiscal year 2020 dollars and funding in subsequent years contingent on congressional appropriations.

The Q-NEXT lab will build two foundries for quantum materials and devices highlighting private-public partnerships. The key areas of research are:

  • Quantum networks
  • Quantum-enabled sensing
  • Quantum test beds

About Q-NEXT and aims

Q-NEXT comprises three national laboratories, 10 universities and 10 of the U.S.’s leading quantum technology companies with the aim of bringing world leading scientists and research together in the domain ofantum science.