Google towards quantum supremacy with a machine from SET

3 minutes 20 seconds. That’s the record time announced by Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) to perform a calculation with a Sycamore quantum processor. A calculation that would have taken the most powerful computers 10,000 years. SET with its FC150 Flip-Chip Bonder was part of this recent achievement.

Qubits Interconnected thanks to the FC150 Flip-Chip Bonder

On October 23, 2019, Google announced a quantum breakthrough with the video Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy. The video was viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours. The FC150 appeared in the video as engineers were performing tasks.

In an article jointly published by Google and UCSB in November 2017, the SET FC150 was cited as it was used to align and assemble a chip with a base substrate at room temperature with micrometric precision. This is part of a process that interconnects qubits – storage units specific to quantum computing.

FC150: a Flip-Chip Bonder for Advanced R&D

With an accuracy of ± 0.5 ?m, ± 1 ?m after welding, the SET FC150 offers a wide variety of welding techniques, with configurations ranging from manual to all-automatic.

With parallelism adjustment, aligning and soldering of components ranging in size from 0.2 to 100 mm, the FC150 meets almost all requirements for high-end welding applications, including reflow, thermocompression, bonding and fusion welding.

The FC150 in detail

Created in an Employee Owned Company With more than 350 machines installed in cleanrooms around the world, SET is a recognized leader in the high-precision flip-chip bonder market. SET based in Haute-Savoie France was started in 1975 and has been employee owned since 2012.

Today in France there are more than 3,300 employee owned companies. Using many different types of business structures (public limited company, partnerships and private limited companies) they represent a participative economic model where people are at the heart of corporate strategy. Among their main characteristics: majority ownership by employees, equal profit sharing between employees, employees dividends and profit reinvestment in the company.