The future of microelectronics will be shaped by a global race underway to commercialise a new generation of quantum technologies. Hear from experts leading the development of quantum technologies in Singapore about the progress, needs and opportunities in this field.
Wee Seng Ang
Executive Director of Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association
Wee Seng counts over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, across fab start up, process integration, technology development, yield improvement, manufacturing, equipment engineering, cost management and program management.
Helming the SSIA Secretariat team since 2018, Wee Seng has redefined the association’s strategic directions and operations, to better deliver its mission and vision. Embracing a holistic approach to driving business transformation in Singapore and the region, he concurrently sits on several Advisory Committees, such as in Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (SEEE), the government and industry-backed Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) platform, as well as ESG’s Smart Manufacturing Technical Committee (SMTC) and Environment and Resources Standards Technical Committee for Energy.
Wee Seng holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nanyang Technological University and a Masters (MSc) in Management of Technology from National University of Singapore.
Director, Strategic Development of Temasek International Pte Ltd
Maynard Kang is Director, Strategic Development at Temasek, where he is responsible for leading investments in early-stage deep tech companies globally. Some of his recent investments include PsiQuantum, a Silicon Valley-based company developing a fully fault-tolerant quantum computer, and other startups in the semiconductor space. He began his career as an entrepreneur during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, when he held co-founder/CTO and senior engineering positions at tech startups that raised double-digit millions. He subsequently moved into IP licensing and technology commercialization at Hewlett-Packard, held investment roles at Intellectual Ventures and EDBI, served as a C-Level product strategist at a listed SaaS company, and was most recently Partner at an early-stage fund before joining Temasek. He holds B.Comp and MSc in IP Management degrees from NUS, as well as a MSc in Global Finance from NYU Stern and HKUST.
José Ignacio Latorre is Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and Professor in the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A leading figure in particle physics and quantum information, José Ignacio joined CQT, NUS in July 2020 from the University of Barcelona, where he had been heading a research group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to build the first quantum processor in Spain. José Ignacio is also Chief Researcher at the Quantum Research Centre in the Technology Innovation Institute in the United Arab Emirates and founder of Qilimanjaro, a startup in quantum computing.
Principal Investigator at Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS and Senior Scientist at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR
Manas Mukherjee is a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Quantum Technologies and the Director for the National Quantum Fabless Foundry (IMRE/A*STAR), an initiative under Singapore’s Quantum Engineering Programme. His research interests lie in the implementation of quantum protocols for quantum computing and metrology. He began his career in physics as an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technologies, Kharagpur, earned a PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and was a Lise-Meitner Fellow at the University of Innsbruck, Austria before settling in Singapore in 2012. Since 2019, Manas has pursued an island-wide effort to consolidate quantum device fabrication and speed up quantum system building in the form of a R&D foundry for quantum devices.
The first quantum revolution led to rapid technological advances in the 20th century, with inventions such as the transistor and the laser. The semiconductor industry, which has been instrum...
The first quantum revolution led to rapid technological advances in the 20th century, with inventions such as the transistor and the laser. The semiconductor industry, which has been instrumental in enabling rapid proliferation of these key inventions, will play an equally important role in the second quantum revolution of the 21st century — by producing components required for quantum technologies at a scale, precision, uniformity, and yield that only semiconductor manufacturing processes are able to deliver.
Quantum technologies have achieved control of individual elements, such as single electrons, atoms and photons. It follows that new instruments can exploit the properties of quantum mechanic...
Quantum technologies have achieved control of individual elements, such as single electrons, atoms and photons. It follows that new instruments can exploit the properties of quantum mechanics in a controlled way. Industry will progressively develop an advanced generation of quantum devices in the fields of sensing, communication, and computing.
Substantial investments are being made around the world in building quantum computers with different kinds of hardware. This is creating demand for enabling technologies such as cryogenic an...
Substantial investments are being made around the world in building quantum computers with different kinds of hardware. This is creating demand for enabling technologies such as cryogenic analogue and digital electronics and precision microwave and radio-frequency circuit design. Other quantum technologies such as sensors may use such products too. We will explore the emerging market opportunities for semiconductor and electronics manufacturers in the quantum supply chain and discuss local initiatives to develop the quantum ecosystem.