Series: Quantum technologies

The aim of Fraunhofer IIS is to advance quantum technologies and make them usable for applications. Our expertise in hardware and algorithms makes us an important supplier of know-how relevant to the development and practical implementation of quantum technologies, such as a usable quantum computer. Furthermore, we are involved in quantum sensor technology for much more precise measurements than before and in quantum communication for secure information transmission.

SHARE: Making quantum hardware work for manufacturing technology

15. Februar 2023

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Quantum computers can solve tricky problems faster than any conventional high-performance computer. They therefore promise advantages for complex optimizations in logistics or production in the future. But for this to work, the hardware of a quantum computer must first be made manageable. This is a field of research Fraunhofer IIS is devoting its attention to – for example, in the SHARE project.

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Quantum machine learning at Fraunhofer IIS: An interview with Dr. Daniel Scherer

Series: Quantum technologies / 21.07.2022

Fraunhofer IIS works on technologies of the future, and quantum computing promises to enable a massive leap forward. Fraunhofer IIS research, particularly in the field of quantum machine learning (QML), is yielding results. Read this interview to discover what QML is really all about, how far QML research has advanced and to what extent the results can already be applied.

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Quantum technology at Fraunhofer IIS – interesting facts

Series: Quantum technologies / 14.07.2022

Quantum communications
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Quantum communications

A brief overview of quantum technology principles and projects at Fraunhofer IIS

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Quantum computing offers potential for complex optimization problems in industrial applications


Computing with qubits on the basis of quantum mechanical principles is “revolutionizing” computer technology, comparable to the breakthrough of computer technology itself and the transition from analog to digital technologies. This new type of computing harbors enormous potential. Yet how and when will quantum computing supersede conventional computer technology? More to the point, is computing with qubits suitable and indeed practical for all applications?

Quantum computing offers a new approach to carrying out complex calculations and predications rapidly and in all possible variations. To achieve this, however, the first challenge is to actually build and operate a functioning quantum computer. 

Now that the BayQS – the Bavarian quantum hub and quantum computer operated by IBM and Fraunhofer – has been commissioned, this goal is tantalizingly close. 

Three quantum experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Markus Weissenbäck, Dr. Axel Plinge and Dr. Richard Schielein, describe the possibilities opened up by deploying qubits and quantum technology in various mathematical optimization tasks, machine learning, AI applications and typical industrial applications.


Quantum Computing for industrial CT
Dr. Richard Schielein examines and tests the use of quantum algorithms to enhance the planning of image processing and X-ray inspection processes. Quantum computed tomography is opening up new options for industrial X-ray technology.

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Quantum Machine Learning
Dr. Axel Plinge explains how quantum computing can enhance the precision of mobile applications.

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Reaping the benefits of quantum computing for mathematical optimization
Markus Weissenbäck explains what qubits and quantum technology can achieve in mathematical optimization.

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