Quantum Computing

At Fraunhofer IAF, we conduct research in the field of electronics and diamond for quantum computing. Our goal is to contribute to advances in the performance of entangled qubits and quantum memories, to increase the achievable computing times of quantum computers with novel quantum hardware and to reduce error rates.

We cover the entire value chain: from the development of novel material structures and process technologies, the accompanying characterization and quality assurance of quantum electronic devices, research on novel packaging and assembly technologies to the demonstration of powerful quantum memories and processing components. Furthermore, critical performance parameters of relevant quantum hardware are tested in practical computing processes and used in joint projects with universities, extramural research institutions and companies for hardware development for the next generation of high-performance computers.

Quantum Computing: Our expertise at a glance



  • Isotopically pure semiconductors
  • Semiconductors with large bandgaps
  • Spin- and photon-based qubit arrays


  • 1 qubit and 2 qubit gates (10 nm technology on 4“ substrates) 
  • Quantum memories (100 nm technology)
  • Light sources, waveguides and detectors for polarized light
  • Microwave sources (1 – 5 GHz)
  • Low noise amplifiers (optimized for low temperatures)
  • Packaging and connection technology


  • Cryogenic measurement technology (T = 4 K)

Center for Quantum Computing

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Fraunhofer Center for Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg

In cooperation with IBM Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing a national competence network in the research field of quantum computing. The aim is to develop quantum-based computing strategies for the next generation of high-performance computers. With the participation of currently eleven Fraunhofer Institutes, specialist expertise is being pooled in regional competence centers.

Within the competence center “Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg”, the first IBM quantum computer on German soil was installed and is available to industrial companies, SMEs, startups as well as academic institutions for application-related use.

We would be pleased to inform you about the structure of the center, project opportunities and offers how you can obtain computing power at the quantum computer.

You can find all information on the Competence Center Quantum Computing here.