VPIphotonics and Luceda partner on simulation and design software for silicon photonics

Sept. 16, 2016
VPIphotonics and Luceda Photonics have teamed to provide automated export of photonic integrated circuit designs.

Driven by customer demands, especially with a focus on silicon photonics, VPIphotonics (Berlin, Germany) and Luceda Photonics (Dendermonde, Belgium) have teamed up to develop means for automated export of photonic circuit designs from VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits to IPKISS.eda for layout design and mask generation. The interface was developed with special attention to high flexibility and easy customization, thus allowing fast implementation of fab-specific IPKISS-based photonic Process Design Kits on circuit and layout design levels.

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VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits enables a convenient, accurate, and fast design flow for developing large-scale and heterogeneous photonic integrated circuits (PICs) consisting of hundreds of passive photonic, active optoelectronic, and electronic elements. It seamlessly integrates time- and frequency-domain simulation methods.

The convenient and powerful graphical user interface provides efficient means for automated parameter sweeps, design optimizations, and tolerance and yield analysis. IPKISS.eda 3.1 for Tanner L-Edit by Mentor Graphics brings the reliability and yield from Python-scripted design now inside a professional, easy-to-use EDA environment. It offers a complete framework for the design and the design management of integrated photonics chips, including physical and circuit simulations, mask design, and fabrication.

Interested users of VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits or IPKISS.eda can approach VPIphotonics or Luceda Photonics teams for more information and live demonstrations of this new functionality.

VPIphotonics says it sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis, and optimization of components, systems and networks. It provides professional simulation software addressing demands in integrated photonics and fiber optics, optical transmission links, and networks.

Luceda Photonics says it wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Luceda Photonics' tools and services are rooted in more than 50 years of experience in PIC design.

SOURCE: VPIphotonics and Luceda Photonics; http://www.lucedaphotonics.com/sites/default/files/vpiphotonics-luceda_pressrelease-ecoc2016.pdf

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Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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