Swabian Instruments (SWI)

Swabian Instruments is a rapidly growing quantum technology SME from Stuttgart, German. The company is specialized in the development of dedicated electronics for the measurement and control of quantum technology architectures, with a focus on single photon detection and fast control loops, typically implemented in newest generation field programmable gate arrays. The company’s mission statement is to provide research tools and systems that are easy to use and flexible. The R&D team at Swabian Instruments consists of 4 professional hardware and firmware developers (MEng), 5 quantum scientists (PhD) as well as 2 PhD students in electrical engineering. The SURQUID project will add to this team an experienced FPGA developer. The SURQUID project will be supervised by the management team and founders of the company.

team members

Helmut Fedder

CEO and founder Dr. Helmut Fedder (41) will lead Swabian Instruments’ project within SURQUID. He received his Diploma in theoretical solid-state physics from the University of Braunschweig and his Ph.D. in experimental Physics from the Technical University of Enschede in 2008 working in the field of fluid mechanics and optics. He went on to work as a postdoc and group leader in experimental quantum optics and quantum technology at the University of Stuttgart until he founded the company Swabian Instruments in 2016. He has co-authored numerous articles in scientific journals, including nature family (5) and Physical Review Letters (5). He has been academic partner of more than 6 prestigious funded research projects. He has been a leader and innovation driver throughout his career. In 2006 he was awarded the Dutch NanoNed innovation award (5000€) and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Innovationspreis 2018 of the state of Baden-Württemberg (15000€). In 2019 he was a Top-3 finalist of the German Entrepreneur Award “Deutscher Gründerpreis” (est. value 250000€).

Michael Schlagmüller

COO and founder Dr. Michael Schlagmüller (38) received his M.Sc. degree in Information Technology at the dual University of Baden-Württemberg and received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Stuttgart working on ultracold ions in 2016.He will supervise the electronics and hardware part of the project.

Markus Wick

CTO and founder Dipl. Ing. Markus Wick has received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and will complete his Ph.D. in theoretical electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart in 2019. Markus is an experienced C++ and FPGA designer and key developer of several top-level open-source projects such as the Dolphin project, the Wii emulator for PC and android. He will supervise the FPGA and software part of the project.

Fernando Sahmkow

Fernando Sahmkow received his Diploma in Computer Engineering at the University Simón Bolívar, Venezuela. Fernando is a longtime C++ developer and key contributor to open source project yuzu, a well known Nintendo Switch PC emulator. He'll be working on designing and programming high performance code for this project.

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