Tata Consultancy Services partners with IIT Bombay to develop India’s first quantum diamond microchip imager


In a landmark move for Indian technology, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a global frontrunner in IT services, consulting, and business solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay). This collaboration is set to develop India’s first Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, a revolutionary tool aimed at enhancing the precision of semiconductor chip examination, reducing failures, and improving the energy efficiency of electronic devices.

Transforming Semiconductor Imaging with Quantum Technology

The partnership, slated for the next two years, involves TCS experts working alongside Dr. Kasturi Saha, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Bombay. The focus of this collaboration is the development of a quantum imaging platform within IIT-Bombay’s PQuest Lab, which promises to elevate the quality control standards in semiconductor manufacturing significantly.

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Impact and Scope of the Quantum Imaging Platform

Semiconductor chips, crucial to modern electronic devices across various industries including communications, computing, and healthcare, will benefit immensely from this new technology. The Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, which combines quantum diamond microscopy with AI/ML-powered software, will enable non-destructive examination of chips—akin to performing an MRI in a hospital setting. This advanced imaging capability is expected to detect anomalies that traditional methods miss, thus revolutionizing the field of semiconductor imaging.

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Quotes from the Leadership

Dr. Kasturi Saha expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration: “By working together, we aim to transform various sectors, including electronics and healthcare, and propel India forward through groundbreaking technologies and products aligned with National Quantum Mission’s Quantum Sensing and Metrology vertical.”

Dr. Harrick Vin, Chief Technology Officer at TCS, noted the strategic importance of this initiative: “Our collaboration with IIT Bombay is perfectly aligned with the National Quantum Mission’s objectives. We firmly believe this initiative will have a transformative impact on various industries and society.”

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Long-standing Collaboration and Future Prospects

This project builds on a dynamic partnership between TCS and IIT Bombay that dates back to the 1990s, encompassing joint research projects, educational programs, and more. The development of the Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager not only marks a significant advancement in quantum sensing technologies but also sets the stage for India to take a leadership role in the global quantum technology landscape.

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