Company Zyvex Labs announced ZyvexLitho1 electronic lithography system with the highest resolution in the world – 768 picometers. To understand the scale, this is approximately equal to the width of two silicon atoms. The installation is based on the laws of quantum physics and is intended primarily for the production of quantum processors.
“There are many challenges associated with building a scalable quantum computer. We firmly believe that high-precision manufacturing is essential to realize the full potential of quantum computing,” said Professor Michelle Simmons, the world’s leading quantum computing expert. “We are very excited about the introduction of the ZyvexLitho1, the first commercially available tool to achieve atomically precise lithography.”
The ZyvexLitho1 setup is based on the principles and devices of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) that Zyvex Labs has been perfecting since 2007. But unlike conventional scanning tunneling microscopes, the ZyvexLitho1 includes numerous automation features and capabilities not found in any commercial STM. Zyvex Labs is now accepting orders for the ZvyvexLitho1 systems, which will ship in approximately 6 months.
One of the key elements of the ZyvexLitho1 installation is the ZyVector 20-bit digital process control system with low electronic noise and low latency. Thanks to ZyVector, users of the facility will be able to create atomically precise templates for solid-state quantum devices and other nanodevices and materials. Also included in the complete ZyvexLitho1 package is a ScientaOmicron ultra-high vacuum STM, already configured for fabrication of quantum devices.
The developers emphasize that the creation of ZyvexLitho1 would be difficult without the support of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defense), the Office of Army Research and the Advanced Manufacturing Administration of the Department of Energy. Quantum computers and devices for quantum communication are named as one of the main ones for the national security of all the leading countries of the world, and the interest of the military in them is obvious.
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