The QICK (Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit): Readout and control for qubits and detectors

1 Oct 2021  ·  Leandro Stefanazzi, Ken Treptow, Neal Wilcer, Chris Stoughton, Salvatore Montella, Collin Bradford, Gustavo Cancelo, Shefali Saxena, Horacio Arnaldi, Sara Sussman, Andrew Houck, Ankur Agrawal, Helin Zhang, Chunyang Ding, David I Schuster ·

We introduce a Xilinx RFSoC-based qubit controller (called the Quantum Instrumentation Control Kit, or QICK for short) which supports the direct synthesis of control pulses with carrier frequencies of up to 6 GHz. The QICK can control multiple qubits or other quantum devices... The QICK consists of a digital board hosting an RFSoC (RF System-on-Chip) FPGA \cite{zcu111}, custom firmware and software and an optional companion custom-designed analog front-end board. We characterize the analog performance of the system, as well as its digital latency, important for quantum error correction and feedback protocols. We benchmark the controller by performing standard characterizations of a transmon qubit. We achieve an average Clifford gate fidelity of $\mathcal{F}_{avg}=99.93\%$. All of the schematics, firmware, and software are open-source \cite{QICKrepo}. read more

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