Interview of Sal Bosman, CEO of Delft Circuits to Het Financieele Dagblad
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With research and a relatively large number of start-ups, the Netherlands is at the forefront of the development of quantum technology. Seven young companies now, there should soon be a hundred. Three start-ups talk about making products for something that is still in its infancy.
- The Netherlands is at the forefront of the world in the development of quantum technology
Sal Bosman, Delft Circuits
Before he started Delft Circuits, Sal Bosman had taken a good look at the “normal” computer industry. The way he was working on the construction of a quantum computer, for example at TU Delft where he was working on his PhD, was nothing like that hyper-fragmented and also hyper-efficient industry, he noticed. “During my PhD, quantum boomed in Delft and all the major American tech companies jumped on top. But at the same time it was also very amateurish. Everyone is trying to build a whole computer from scratch, scientists are welding things together themselves. “
It didn’t make sense to Bosman, who worked as an industrial designer before studying physics. “So I believe in specializing. I went looking for something that everyone needs and that no one thinks is sexy, because then you have the market on your own. “One day Bosman saw his professor order a very expensive refrigerator with cables that he had already put together himself – “only much better” – and knew: this is my business model.
Most quantum computers work with qubits that only function at temperatures close to absolute zero of -273 degrees Celsius. Ordinary cables cannot cope with such conditions. Moreover, the cables for quantum computers must be able to do an extra trick: they do transmit a signal, but not the heat.