Taiwan ICT companies urged to seize quantum opportunities

Bryan Chuang, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES Asia 0

Even with the birth of quantum computers, instruments for data collection and measurement will still need semiconductor components and Taiwan's ICT industry should see how they can play a major role in the quantum computing era, according to James Liao, president of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's top academic institution.

According to the Ministry of Science of Technology (MOST), Taiwan's ICT industries are already able to handle some segments in quantum technology - such as key components, design and manufacturing of simulators, and development of module for quantum key distribution. And researchers in Taiwan can immediately start exploring the segments such as the tape-out of quantum chip components, electronic design automation (EDA) and low-temperature engineering tests.

Felix Gwo, director of Academia Sinica's Research Center for Applied Sciences, noted that Taiwan should not be aspiring to make computers with the most quantum bits (qubit), but rather should be focusing on developing qubit, quantum optics and single photon receivers, making components needed for quantum technologies.

Chyou-Huey Chiou, director for the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MOEA) Industrial Technology Department, pointed out that governments worldwide have already treated quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum cryptography as strategic technologies. First-tier IT companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft and Intel have all invested heavily in R&D and early-phase technology study.

Chiou expects the development of digital annealing system technologies to become the best solution for simulators that can be applied in smart manufacturing, smart logistic system and smart medical care, and Taiwanese IT firms should make early preparation for the development.

President of Taiwan's Academia Sinica James Liao

President of Academia Sinica James Liao
Photo: Michael Lee, Digitimes, December 2020