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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, headquartered in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial exploitation of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 75 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany. The majority of the organization’s 29,000 employees are qualified scientists and engineers, who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros. Of this sum, 2.4 billion euros are generated through contract research.

Fraunhofer ICT Group 

The Fraunhofer ICT Group as part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the largest IT research organization in Europe. The Fraunhofer ICT Group is a direct partner in all areas of digitization. We know the markets, offer know-how, experts and state-of-the-art technology to support companies and public authorities in overcoming their challenges.

Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing

The nationwide Competence Network aims to advance the key technology of quantum computing in Germany. This involves developing new technological solutions as well as quantum-based computing strategies for problems in applied, business-relevant areas. 

At the heart of the Competence Network is an open research platform based around an IBM Q System One quantum computer. This is installed in the town of Ehningen in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg for exclusive use by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its partners. The quantum computer is operated under German legislation, which is an important advantage for users in terms of data protection and IP security.

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