VTT to Build Finland’s First Quantum Computer

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To help position Finland and Europe at the forefront of quantum computing technologies, VTT Technical Research Centre is undertaking a three-phase project to build Finland’s first quantum computer. The goal of phase one is to build a computer that is at least 5 qubits in size. VTT expects the first phase of the project to take about a year. Ultimately, the project leaders hope to build a considerably more powerful machine with a larger number of qubits. 

The development and construction of Finland’s quantum computer will be carried out as an innovation partnership that VTT will be opening up for international tender. VTT hopes to partner with companies and institutions from a variety of sectors during the various phases of the project, which will run for several years. Total estimated cost is about €20 million to €25 million.

Through this project, VTT seeks to be a world leader in quantum technology and its application.

“The pandemic has shocked not only Finland’s economy but also the entire world economy, and it will take us some time to recover from the consequences,” Antti Vasara, CEO of VTT, said. “To safeguard economic recovery and future competitiveness, it’s now even more important than ever to make investments in innovation and future technologies that will create demand for Finnish companies’ products and services.”

Published: May 2020
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