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21 November, 2019 - 22:33 By Kate Sweeney

Hitachi Europe steps up quantum computing research in Cambridge

Japanese industrial giant Hitachi and Cambridge University are redoubling their efforts to leverage deep science to develop cutting-edge technology to develop a practical quantum computer.
They have extended a 30-year partnership to grow their brains trust through the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL), part of the European R & D Centre of Hitachi Europe Ltd.

The collaboration between HCL and the Cavendish Laboratory, which began in 1989 to create new concept advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices, has resulted in technology milestones such as the demonstration of the world’s first single-electron memory device, the first single-electron logic 

device, measurement of the Spin-Hall effect and one of the first silicon qubit devices, the Spin-injection Hall effect, and a prototype Spin-Hall effect transistor. 

A part of such works led to the development of major activity on quantum computation.

HCL says a central priority of its work in Cambridge is to develop an ecosystem in this area – not just across the university but also by engaging companies in the Cambridge cluster.

Under the extended deal HCL will carry out next-generation computing research with the Cavendish Laboratory in addition to ongoing fundamental research, and the partnership will continue at the Ray Dolby Centre – the new home of the Cavendish Laboratory which is due to open in 2022.

The new home of the Cavendish will operate as a national facility for the UK physics community and its industrial partners. Hitachi and the university have agreed that the Ray Dolby Centre will be the ideal home for HCL.

University researchers pursue world-leading research ranging from new devices to algorithms for next-generation computers such as quantum computers, which are exponentially faster than classical computers, revolutionising fields as diverse as cryptography and drug discovery.

Dr Masakatsu Mori, CTO of Hitachi Europe Ltd, said: “Working with the Cavendish Laboratory and research partners we have made significant advances in Si-based quantum devices over the last few years. The next step towards a practical quantum computer based on this technology will be to extend the research beyond the device to computer science, to include architecture and systems consideration. We are excited to be moving forward together with the university in this new endeavour.”

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