Process Design Kit (PDK)

In integrated photonics, a Process Design Kit (PDK) is a library of photonic components which enable designers to access a foundry’s process for fabrication. The components within a PDK are the building blocks of PICs (Photonic Integrated Circuits).

When we work with our customers to create photonic chips, we make the process quicker, cost-effective, and more efficient by re-using proven building blocks – photonic components which have already been tried and tested. These building blocks are like generic Lego blocks which can be assembled in different configurations to create new photonic chips.

SMART Photonics was one of the first photonics integration foundries to implement a PDK for each generation of its generic process.

Check our handout about the Process Design Kit.

Read the Process Design Kit blog here

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