Flexible and fast schematic-driven design of photonic integrated circuits for the SMART Photonics PDK supports export to multiple layout tools
VPIphotonics announces release of an updated VPItoolkit supporting the SMART Photonics Process Design Kit (PDK), which seamlessly integrates Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) simulation and automated mask layout extraction. The open-source Nazca framework, developed by Bright Photonics, is now fully supported, in addition to OptoDesigner developed by PhoeniX Software (part of Synopsys), for the generation of verified PICs layouts to be submitted and processed in terms of Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) runs on SMART Photonics’ Indium Phosphide technology platform.
VPItoolkit PDK SMART v1.4 constitutes a library extension to VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits – the professional simulation and design environment for large-scale PICs with a mix of photonic, electrical and optoelectronic devices. The new toolkit version broadens the selection of available building blocks with designer-defined models and layouts, making a step toward functional photonic design automation.
With the new SMART PDK toolkit, designers are able to construct their own custom building blocks, effectively expanding the foundry PDK to fit individual needs. Custom compact models and layout geometry are defined via Python-enabled scripting and paired in VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits, where they are simulated together with a broad set of available standard building blocks of the SMART PDK and flexible connectors. By employing parameterized designs, users can investigate a large number of PIC variations and generate the associated layouts in a matter of a few clicks. Sweeping and optimization of layout parameters are conveniently supported, together with a large set of instrumentation tools for automated data analysis.
With the use of the new VPI-internal Layout View, designers can quickly visualize and proof their work for eminent mistakes and geometry inconsistencies without the need of external applications. Once a satisfactory PIC implementation has been obtained, the mask layout can be extracted and further processed using the preferred layout tool, without requiring any change in the simulation setup. After the layout is checked for foundry design rules, a verified GDSII file is generated for submission to SMART Photonics for fabrication.
These new capabilities are shown for the first time at ECOC, Sep 24-26 2018 in Rome – visit the VPIphotonics team at booth 302 for a live demonstration.
VPIphotonics sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis and optimization of components, systems and networks. We provide professional simulation software addressing demands in integrated photonics and fiber optics, optical transmission links and networks. Our team of experts performs design services addressing customer-specific requirements, and delivers training courses on adequate modeling techniques and advanced software capabilities. Our award-winning off-the-shelf and customized solutions are used extensively in research and development, and by product design and marketing teams at hundreds of
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About SMART Photonics
SMART Photonics is a European based manufacturer of InP Photonics components with production and research facilities located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Integrity is key in the services SMART Photonics offers. As an independent Pure Play InP Foundry, we work at the sole discretion of our customers and their businesses.
Teams of highly experienced experts support all of our clients’ requests. Our production services range from epitaxial growth and regrowth to coating and testing of the individual chips. We accommodate both proof-of-concept and volume manufacturing.
Our generic integration process is specifically designed to provide short turn-around time and low-cost prototyping and volume manufacturing for photonic integrated circuits.
For further information, please visit us at www.smartphotonics.nl