Rolph Segers, MSc
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All over the world, research teams are working on the development of the quantum computer. Delft may not produce the very first of these, but through Orange Quantum Systems it will probably deliver the first-ever quantum computer to be custom-built for the client. This will be partly thanks to the Quantum Delft ecosystem, of which the start-up is a part, together with TNO and TU Delft, whose QuTech research centre leads the field in innovative quantum technology.
The aim of the QuTech programme has always been to accelerate the transition of quantum technology from pure science to practical application, thereby creating new industries and job opportunities. This is why both the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy are providing long-term financial support. Orange Quantum Systems is one of the start-ups and spin-offs within this ecosystem. Its particular strength lies in the integration of all components and processes to create working quantum technology-based systems. Where other companies in Delft are developing and manufacturing quantum components, Orange QS is putting them together to create systems that can be put to use in concrete applications.
The quantum computer is a step change from the traditional PC in that it performs calculations not with individual bits that have a value of either 0 or 1, but with quantum bits, which raises calculation speeds to unprecedented levels. The computer of the future will not carry out individual functions separately, but will do everything at once. This allows rapid calculations to be performed in areas that are too complex for conventional computers. This should greatly speed up the delivery of important breakthroughs in solving social problems; for instance, the development of medicines, a process which normally takes many years, could be carried out much more quickly.
Orange Quantum Systems currently depends in part on the development of quantum technology within QuTech, with Microsoft and Intel as partners of TNO and TU Delft, but within a few years it aims to be an entirely independent company. The quantum computers that it will then be making will not be rolling off a production line for use in the cloud, but will be entirely customized machines: that is, they will be made to measure in order to suit the client’s specific application. The client might be a pharmaceutical company, a financial organization, the Ministry of Defence – whoever wants to be able to carry out superfast complex calculations, but because of IP or regulatory obstacles cannot use, or does not wish to use, quantum computer cloud services.
In parallel with the development of the quantum computer, Orange Quantum Systems provides advisory services. Thanks in part to the knowledge being developed in Delft, the company is abreast of the latest technologies and knows how best to develop and build quantum systems. In this way the company helps academics as well as private companies to make efficient acquisitions of quantum systems for their own research and to further develop quantum technology.