Published On:May 29 2024
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TCS and IIT-Bombay Partner to Build India's First Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a global leader in IT services, consulting, and business solutions, has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay), to develop India's first Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager. This cutting-edge sensing tool aims to enhance the precision of semiconductor chip examination, reduce chip failures, and improve the energy efficiency of electronic devices.

Over the next two years, TCS experts will collaborate with Dr. Kasturi Saha, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Bombay, to develop the quantum imaging platform in the PQuest Lab. This platform will significantly improve quality control in semiconductor manufacturing, leading to better reliability, safety, and energy efficiency of electronic devices. These semiconductor chips are vital components in modern electronics, powering industries such as communications, computing, healthcare, military systems, transportation, and clean energy.

Dr. Kasturi Saha expressed enthusiasm about the project, stating, "The PQuest group at IIT Bombay is excited to collaborate with TCS on developing a quantum imaging platform for non-destructive chip examination. Leveraging our expertise in quantum sensing, we aim to drive innovation and transform sectors like electronics and healthcare, propelling India forward with groundbreaking technologies."

Dr. Harrick Vin, Chief Technology Officer of TCS, emphasized the importance of the partnership: "The Second Quantum Revolution is advancing rapidly, necessitating collaborative efforts to build advanced sensing, computing, and communication technologies. Our collaboration with IIT Bombay aligns with the National Quantum Mission's Quantum Sensing and Metrology vertical. We believe this initiative will transform various industries, driving innovation and creating a brighter future."

Aligned with India's National Quantum Mission, the TCS-IIT Bombay collaboration aims to position the nation as a leader in quantum technology. The indigenous Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, integrating quantum diamond microscopy with AI/ML-powered software imaging, will propel India forward in the Quantum Revolution.

Prof. Shireesh Kedare, Director of IIT Bombay, highlighted the institute's commitment to industry collaboration: "IIT Bombay is excited about this initiative with TCS to develop a quantum imaging platform for non-destructive chip examination. Our deep pool of expertise in critical domains, combined with industry collaboration, will translate innovations into technologies and products that advance India."

As semiconductor chips become smaller, traditional sensing methods fall short in detecting anomalies. The Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, capable of imaging magnetic fields, will non-invasively map semiconductor chips, akin to an MRI scan. Utilizing defects in a diamond's structure, known as Nitrogen-Vacancy (NV) centers, this imager will enhance diagnostic capabilities in failure analysis, device development, and optimization processes. Its ability to identify chip defects and visualize three-dimensional charge flow in multi-layer chips marks a significant advancement in semiconductor imaging, with applications in microelectronics, biology, geology, and fine-scale magnetic field imaging.

This project builds on the longstanding partnership between TCS and IIT-B, which dates back to the 1990s and includes joint research projects, collaborative education programs, internships, and faculty development initiatives. IIT-B was the first academic partner for TCS' Co-Innovation Network (COIN), fostering industry-academia collaboration for pioneering solutions.

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