Rohde & Schwarz, a trailblazer in future areas such as 6G and autonomous driving has announced the acquisition of Zurich Instruments AG, a technological provider of test and measurement. This acquisition will help Rohde & Schwarz further expand its Test & Measurement Division to support quantum technologies.
In the coming decades, quantum technologies will significantly shape the high-tech industry. The potential for industry and research is enormous. It is a future trend involving billions in government subsidies and industrial investment. Rohde & Schwarz is already active in quantum sensing. Thanks to the acquisition, the company is now positioning its T&M solutions in quantum computing, one of the most promising future technologies in the world.
Zurich Instruments offers cutting-edge test and measurement systems to scientific and industrial research customers. The company has been at the forefront of science since its founding in 2008. A spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Zurich Instruments has grown continuously ever since. The company has over 100 employees at its Zurich headquarters and regional offices in China, the USA, France, South Korea, Japan and Italy. In addition to quantum technology, Zurich Instruments has a strong network and extensive experience in academic physics research.
Peter Riedel, President and COO of Rohde & Schwarz explained that they are looking forward to developing technological solutions for the future together with Zurich Instruments. They are also strengthening their position in the scientific realm. Rohde & Schwarz and Zurich Instruments already share a passion for advancing science and innovation. The test and measurement market for quantum computing holds enormous potential for both companies. Operating and maintaining a large-scale quantum computer requires numerous, specific T&M solutions. Thanks to their complementary products, Rohde & Schwarz and Zurich Instruments will provide complete solutions in the future.
Dr Sadik Hafizovic, co-founder and CEO of Zurich Instruments stated that in Rohde & Schwarz, they found a company that can provide them with access to the latest and best technologies. The size, stability and technological expertise of Rohde & Schwarz offer optimal conditions for them to remain a leader in the rapidly growing quantum computing market and continue to grow as an independent subsidiary. For customers at Zurich Instruments, the new constellation means even more future-ready, innovative product roadmaps for lock-in amplifiers, impedance T&M instruments and quantum computing control systems. Continuing the relationships with existing customers and partners is essential to both companies. All functions at Zurich Instruments will remain in place, from development and production to marketing and sales.
Together with Zurich Instruments, Rohde & Schwarz will continue to shape the technologies of the future – for a safer and connected world.