Next Generation Computing (NGC)

Computers are an integral part of our everyday lives. New application scenarios, such as Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), or cloud and edge computing, are constantly increasing the demands on software and hardware to such an extent that conventional computing technologies and IT architectures are gradually reaching the limits of their speed, performance and the miniaturization that is sometimes necessary. The environmental aspect in this technology area can no longer be ignored, both in terms of energy consumption and the manufacturing processes and recyclability of the products. In this overall context, the research topic of Next Generation Computing (NGC) comes into play. The next generation of computers requires new computer principles and architectures that can coexist and complement each other meaningfully. The institutes cooperating in the FMD are therefore jointly driving forward the research and development of technologies for NGC and developing solutions in the three areas:

  • High-performance computers (high-performance computing)
  • New computer architectures (not von-Neumann) based on neural networks for AI: neuromorphic computers
  • Quantum computers and powerful quantum algorithms, quantum technologies for secure communication

The aim is always to develop trustworthy, high-performance and resource-efficient hardware and software - also with regard to the resilience and security of Germany as a business and technology location.

Highlight project



The Germany-wide cooperation "FMD-QNC" aims to bundle and broaden microelectronic research and development in relation to quantum and neuromorphic computing.



Funding program within the FMD-QNC project. Start-ups, SMEs, and researchers are given access to the infrastructure of the FMD and the FMD-QNC partners.

Fields of application


High-Performance Computing


Quantum Computing


Neuromorphic Computing

Project examples



Miniaturized pulsed RGB laser sources for quantum computing and quantum sensor technology.



In the Fraunhofer lead project QMag, magnetometers are to be further developed and tested for applications.



The European Processor Initiative (EPI) aims to develop a powerful General Purpose Processor (GPP) for universal computing tasks and highly efficient accelerator processors.


IBM Q System One

Competence Center Quantum Computing Baden-Württemberg


Technology and hardware for neuromorphic computing


Development of energy-efficient chips to enable neuromorphic computing directly on mobile, battery-powered devices.


Diamond Spin-Photon-based Quantum Computer


Compact, scalable quantum processor based on spin qubits in diamond that can be implemented in conventional computer systems.