The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is launching the Microelectronics Commons (MEC), which will establish up to nine hubs that are accessible to users from academia and industry. MEC aims to increase prototyping capability and capacity in the United States to fill gaps and support technology development in six areas, including quantum technologies.
Prototyping quantum systems involves design, fabrication, characterization, assembly, packaging, testing and validation. While facilities that support researchers, such as those at universities and national labs, enable early-stage development, they are not ideal for establishing reproducible, manufacturable and scalable products and processes.
With its mission to enable and grow the quantum industry and supply chain, QED-C is pleased to see DOD taking steps to fill a key gap in the innovation pipeline and looks forward to engaging with the hubs to maximize their impact and value to QED-C members and toward the broader goals of advancing the quantum innovation ecosystem.