Technology development

Taiwan to invest more in developing quantum technology

The Taiwanese government plans to invest a total of NT$8 billion over five years to boost the development of quantum technology.

In March 2022, the government selected a total of 17 teams led by professors from top Taiwanese universities and recruited 72 project managers and 24 IT companies to participate in its quantum technology program.

Through this program, the Taiwanese government seeks researchers to develop technologies that help overcome bottlenecks faced by existing quantum hardware and software. The team will also work to find the best quantum technology direction for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry and create a paradigm shift in the industry.

Quantum technologies are expected to revolutionize Taiwan’s cybersecurity and national defense applications, financial systems, drug development, materials development, and AI. Therefore, the selected teams must cooperate with the recommendations given by the government’s quantum system promotion group and may need to integrate with or partner with other teams.

The promotion group consists of several leading Taiwanese talents in quantum computing, such as Felix Gwo, Director and Distinguished Researcher at the Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica; Wen-Hao Chang, Emeritus Researcher at the Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica; and Ming-Jye Wang, a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics Academia Sinica.

The teams will conduct their quantum research based on technologies used in chip manufacturing, integrated circuit design and packaging technology and will prioritize their investments in solid quantum technologies, which are realized on semiconductors, superconductors and other solid materials.

The 17 teams will focus on four major development directions: quantum components, quantum computers, quantum algorithms and quantum communication. Since quantum computers are able to process data much more efficiently than current computers, it has become necessary to develop new programming language, compilers and application tools that make full use of the capabilities of quantum computers.

Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s highest academic institution, is also constructing a quantum technology R&D center and an experiment building in southern Taiwan to expand its research capacity.