Revolutionizing Semiconductor Imaging: IIT Bombay and TCS’s Quantum Collaboration

IIT Bombay, in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), is set to pioneer the development of India’s first Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, marking a significant advancement in semiconductor chip imaging technology. This groundbreaking initiative aims to enhance precision in chip examination, reduce failure rates, and enhance the energy efficiency of electronic devices.

Over the next two years, TCS experts will join forces with Dr. Kasturi Saha, Associate Professor at IIT Bombay’s Department of Electrical Engineering, to establish a quantum imaging platform in the PQuest Lab. This platform will revolutionize semiconductor chip quality control, improving product reliability, safety, and energy efficiency across various industries.

“IIT Bombay is happy to announce this collaborative initiative with TCS to develop a quantum imaging platform for the non-destructive examination of chips,” said Prof. Shireesh Kedare, Director of IIT Bombay, emphasizing the Institute’s commitment to translating research into tangible technologies and products through such collaborations.

Dr. Harrick Vin, Chief Technology Officer at TCS, (and also an accomplished alumnus of IIT Bombay) highlighted the initiative’s alignment with the National Quantum Mission, stating, “The Second Quantum Revolution is progressing at an unprecedented speed, making it imperative to pool our resources and expertise to build cutting-edge capabilities in sensing, computing, and communication technologies.”

This collaboration underscores the National Quantum Mission’s objective of positioning India as a global leader in quantum technology. The indigenous Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager, integrating quantum diamond microscopy with AI/ML-powered software imaging, represents a significant leap forward in the Quantum Revolution.

“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,” added Prof. Kedare.

Dr. Vin further elaborated on the transformative potential of the initiative, stating, “We firmly believe this initiative will have a transformative impact on various industries and society, with applications ranging from electronics to healthcare, and beyond. By working together, we can drive innovation and create a brighter future for all.”

This project builds on the long-standing partnership between IIT Bombay and Tata Consultancy Services, rooted in joint research projects, collaborative education programs, and industry-academia initiatives. The Quantum Diamond Microchip Imager initiative signifies yet another milestone in their shared journey of innovation and technological advancement.

The collaboration between IIT Bombay and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) exemplifies the transformative power of corporate-academic partnerships in driving innovation, advancing research, and making significant societal impacts. By leveraging their respective expertise and resources, they bridge the gap between academia and industry, translating cutting-edge research into tangible solutions that foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and contribute to India’s global technological leadership and its socio-economic development and nation-building efforts. As such collaborations continue to flourish, they play a pivotal role in shaping a brighter, more innovative future for India and beyond.