By detecting and capturing detrimental magnetic vortices to improve system efficiency, device designers can now remove the guesswork involved in the design of resilient superconducting circuits and significantly reduce development time.
FREMONT, CA: FormFactor, a leading semiconductor test, and measurement company, recently launched the HPD IQ1000, a scanning SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) microscope, as the first product for the emerging quantum computing industry. The IQ1000 is the first commercial product of its kind to allow unattended and high-throughput characterization of trapped magnetic flux in superconducting circuits, thanks to its fast scan speed and process automation. By detecting and capturing detrimental magnetic vortices to improve system efficiency, device designers can now remove the guesswork involved in the design of resilient superconducting circuits and significantly reduce development time.
“Products like our IQ1000 Scanning SQUID Microscope are critical for quantum technology developers,” said Amy Leong, Senior VP and General Manager of the Emerging Growth Business Unit at FormFactor. “Helping to build the quantum computing test and measurement supply chain is a priority at FormFactor. Were excited that we can leverage our extensive cryogenic expertise and our global infrastructure to help customers accelerate both quantum research and higher-volume engineering.”
Device characterization is essential for the continued growth of the CMOS semiconductor industry. Intelligence to improve system efficiency becomes increasingly necessary as the quantum industry matures and scales up the number of qubits for commercialization. The HPD IQ1000 fills in the gaps by providing critical cryogenic device integration and automation, allowing superconducting circuit designers to outperform competing for qubit implementation technologies. MarketandMarkets analysts predict that the global quantum computing market will rise to $1.7 billion by 2026, with a CAGR of 30.2 percent.
For the emerging quantum computing industry, the IQ1000 is the first product in FormFactors’ IQ-Series (Intelligent Quantum-Series). The IQ1000 is planned for imaging with sub-micron resolution at superconducting circuits’ extremely low temperatures. The device cools the sample to below 4 Kelvin and can regulate the temperature of the sample between 3 and 20 Kelvin. The HPD Scanning SQUID Microscope comes with the following features:
Rapid Image Acquisition: Scan speed of up to 100 microns per second, allowing for the acquisition of 100 x 100-micron images in under two minutes.
High-Resolution Imaging: Imaging resolution of 200-500 nanometers (based on SQUID sensor used).
Autotuning: The system autotunes and locks the SQUID magnetic flux sensor system, ensuring that the system is tuned to perfection.
Unattended Operation: All scan processes can be pre-programmed and run unattended.
Sample Size: The system can handle samples up to 20×20 mm in size.
Cryogen-Free: The microscope center is vibration-isolated from the cryocooler, and the device is cryogen-free.
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