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ID Quantique launches the ID1000 Time Controller Series

Introducing the new ID1000 Time Controller Series: the latest addition to ID Quantique’s (IDQ) Photonic Quantum Sensing range, a unifying force for single-photon experiments and applications. Count more, post-process less and react faster to single-photon experiments, with this all-in-one time-tagging, coincidence correlation and delay/pulse generation system.

IDQ’s range of Swiss-made quantum optical sensing products represent incredible efficiency, speed and precision, with best-in-class reliability and ease-of-use. Our mission is to empower researchers across the globe to explore the technologies needed to create the building blocks for a Quantum Internet, unlocking the immense suite of capabilities and opportunities, as well as social and technological gains, coming from globally distributed Quantum Computing.

Today IDQ is proud to announce the release of its new generation of Time Controller Series – the only device on the market able to measure and control high-speed single-photon experiments and systems from start to finish with the highest timing precision and accuracy. Designed for flexibility, it pairs with IDQ’s ranges of single-photon avalanche detectors (SPADs) and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) to expertly solve a variety of experimental challenges. Whether for Quantum Communication, Quantum Computing, time-resolved microscopy, time-resolved spectroscopy, precision LiDAR & OTDR, or any other single-photon application, the ID1000 Time Controller Series will empower users to take their projects to the next level.

The ID1000 Time Controller Series enables users to:

  • Observe detection rates for up to five single-photon detectors, up to 300 MHz across all inputs in high-resolution mode
  • Measure up to four coincidence histograms between any pair of connected detectors
  • Record every arrival time for an exceptionally high number of detected photons (up to 10 MHz in total, with or without coincidence filtering)
  • Filter up to four-fold coincidences in real time with the advanced internal processing
  • Generate customizable pulse trigger signals with four integrated delay/pulse generator channels, up to 250 MHz per output
  • Control up to four gated single-photon detectors, such as the ID Qube NIR Gated
  • Do all this with excellent precision: 3 ps resolution with < 4 ps jitter, and excellent DNL for low-signal applications.

A high-performance and cost-effective device, the ID1000 Time Controller Series lets users be prepared for advanced single-photon applications, such as scalable photonic quantum computing. Each device includes sophisticated internal processing for real-time conditional filtering to coincidence measurements, to directly record three- or four-fold coincidences without the need for any data post-processing or post-selection. Beyond measurement, the ID1000 is a delay/pulse generator. With four output channels of customizable and conditional pulses, it makes it easy to control and react to experiment and single-photon detectors in real time, such as providing the gating signal for up to four ID Qube NIR Gated detectors.

Simpler than ever to use and integrate into a laboratory, ID1000 Time Controller Series devices come with a new-and-improved suite of LabView virtual instruments and Python scripts, and are available in six combinations depending on specific user needs.


The ID1000 Time Controller Series will be displayed at the SPIE Photonics West show (booth # 4223) in San Francisco, USA, 22-27 January.

“We are thrilled to add the new ID1000 Series to the long list of pioneering photon counting solutions ID Quantique has developed over the last two decades” said Marc Niklès, EVP Quantum Sensing at ID Quantique.

Find out how you can get the most out of photonic experiments with the ID1000 Time Controller Series.

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About ID Quantique

Founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva, ID Quantique is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, designed to protect data for the future. The company provides quantum-safe network encryption, secure quantum key generation and Quantum Key Distribution solutions and services to the financial industry, enterprises and government organizations globally. IDQ’s quantum random number generator has been validated according to global standards and independent agencies, and is the reference in highly regulated and mission critical industries – such as security, encryption, critical infrastructure and IoT – where trust is paramount.

Additionally, IDQ is a leading provider of optical instrumentation products, most notably photon counters and related electronics. The company’s innovative photonic solutions are used in both commercial and research applications.

IDQ’s products are used by government, enterprise and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent. IDQ is proud of its independence and neutrality, and believes in establishing long-term and trusted relationships with its customers and partners.

For more information, please visit www.idquantique.com.

Contact information:

Catherine Simondi – VP Marketing & Communications, ID Quantique
catherine.simondi@idquantique.com or + 41 (0) 22 301 83 71

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