Technology development

€10 million boost for the development of quantum technology

The Quantum Technologies Industrial (QuTI) project in Finland, coordinated by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, will develop new components, manufacturing and test solutions and algorithms for the needs of quantum technology.

The consortium, partly funded by Business Finland with a budget of 10 million euros, is made up of 12 partners including optics specialist Rockley Photonics, hardware equipment company Picosun and application developer Saab.

The three-year QuTI project covers the entire quantum industry value chain, from materials and hardware to software and system-level solutions. Other partners include Aalto University, University of Tampere and CSC – IT Center for Science alongside Bluefors, Afore, IQM Quantum Computers, Quantastica and Vexlum.

“Quantum technology is a rapidly evolving multidisciplinary field. The QuTI consortium offers an ideal starting point to strengthen the international competitiveness of Finnish technology and industry in this fast-growing field,” says QuTI project coordinator Prof. Mika Prunnila from VTT.

The quantum computing, communication and sensing devices that will be developed within the framework of the QuTI project are largely based on expertise in microsystems, photonics, electronics and cryogenics. The project develops custom software and algorithms hand-in-hand with hardware, thereby strengthening Finland’s quantum computing infrastructure. In addition, new tools will be created for the development of quantum technology products that will meet the needs of the QuTI project as well as the entire field of quantum technology.

“Quantum technology offers great opportunities for Finnish industry, and we want to be involved in supporting this development. We see that the QuTI project is in many ways a concrete starting point for the Finnish quantum ecosystem,” says Kari Leino, Ecosystem Manager at Business Finland.

Manufacturing quantum technology components requires a clean room environment. The Micronova cleanroom facility in Espoo, Finland, jointly operated by VTT and Aalto University, enables applied research and small-scale commercial fabrication of quantum microsystems for computing, communication and quantum sensing. Micronova, part of Otanano’s national research infrastructure, plays an important role in both the QuTI project and in quantum technology R&D in Finland. QuTI will also utilize the University of Tampere’s clean room focusing on optoelectronic manufacturing.

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