Applied Nanotools and Luceda Photonics release new Luceda PDK for ANT’s NanoSOI platform

April 8, 2024 by
Applied Nanotools and Luceda Photonics release new Luceda PDK for ANT’s NanoSOI platform
Luceda Photonics

Dendermonde, Belgium and Edmonton, Canada – 8 April 2024

Luceda Photonics and Applied Nanotools (ANT) are proud to announce the release of the Luceda PDK for the ANT NanoSOI™ silicon photonics foundry service. The release of the PDK enables support for the design of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) layouts leveraging the Luceda Photonics Design Platform, for submission to ANT’s 220 nm silicon multi-project wafer (MPW) fabrications runs. This initial release provides Luceda’s customers access to critical components such as vertical grating couplers, edge couplers, waveguide splitters/couplers, and microring resonators for the C-band wavelength range.

Since 2016, Applied Nanotools has been providing a fast turn-around prototyping service for silicon photonics using its 100 keV electron beam lithography (EBL) technology. The NanoSOI™ prototyping foundry service enables critical feature sizes as small as 70 nm to be fabricated, enabling PICs with sub-wavelength components to be prototyped on a rapid timeline. EBL stitching errors and line-edge roughness are reduced using ANT’s proprietary fabrication techniques, and propagation losses are routinely demonstrated to be as low as 1 dB/cm (C-band). Thermo-optic devices can be fabricated with the tri-layer metallization process module, available within MPW and custom fabrication runs. Design rule checking (DRC), design examples, and an online submission system are available for all users to access through the NanoSOI Design Center.

Tape out using the new Luceda PDK for ANT for these upcoming 220 nm silicon MPW runs:

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2024

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024

The Luceda PDK for ANT NanoSOI is now available for download directly from the NanoSOI Design Center. To get more info and to download the Luceda PDK, please visit the NanoSOI Design Center by clicking on the button below.


About Luceda Photonics

Luceda Photonics is a leading provider of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design software and services. The Luceda Photonics Design Platform enables designers to design, simulate, and optimize photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and empowers photonic designers to quickly achieve their tape-out, getting their designs right the first time. For more information, visit 

About Applied Nanotools (ANT)

Applied Nanotools Inc. (ANT) is an integrated photonics foundry based in Edmonton, Canada. The NanoSOI fabrication service provides a rapid prototyping solution for research and development in application areas such as optical communication, sensing, and quantum computing. ANT offers manufacturing services with high-resolution, low-loss waveguides, in both multi-project wafer (MPW) and custom runs. For more information, please visit 

Media Contacts

Luceda Photonics
Deren Baysal

Applied Nanotools (ANT)
Cameron Horvath

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