The National Quantum Fabless Foundry (NQFF) in Singapore supports the quantum research community by developing quantum devices that require micro and nano fabrications. The current focus area encompasses the three pillars of the Quantum Engineering Programme, namely quantum communication, sensing and computing.
By doing so, it also acts as a bridge with the industry both local as well as global. Quantum technology sector is currently in a nascent state, constantly evolving from academic research to application and finally to scalable production. The NQFF provides an efficient platform to serve both the academic research needs and develop paths to scale for industrial production. Concisely, the objectives of the NQFF are:
- To support quantum technology research by providing reliable and repeatable micro-fabricated quantum components/devices based on researcher’s specifications.
- To develop a quantum technology based economy by helping companies that produce quantum components/devices and developing new product lines.
- To build a robust ecosystem of critical quantum components/devices.
The research foundry is funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Singapore under the Quantum Engineering Programme.
Current Areas of Interests
Singapore is home to more than 50 quantum research groups spanning various Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL), Research Centres (RC) and Research Institutes (RI). It is a vibrant community of quantum researcher building a quantum ecosystem. The experimental research programme is strong and wide in scope involving both atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) systems as well as solid state systems. The NQFF is currently working with the research groups in the following areas:
- Superconducting circuit
- Integrated ion traps
- Photonic integrated circuits
- Si-donor spin qubit
In the above domains, we have built up capabilities to fabricate some of the devices namely superconducting chips, micro-fabricated ion traps, photonic circuits etc. A few of the examples from earlier projects are shown below:
We have forged partnerships with the best fabrication facilities in Singapore. Currently, we are establishing the process flows for device fabrication at the Institute of Micro Electronics (IME), Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), E6 NanoFab at NUS and the Centre for Quantum Technologies (NUS and NTU). In addition, we are developing a design and characterisation facility at A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). The list of industry partners is also evolving as we build our capacities.