VPIphotonics and Luceda Photonics streamline the design process for Photonic Integrated Circuits to be manufactured using the SMART Photonics Indium Phosphide technology platform.

SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco Feb-3 2019

Designers that use SMART Photonics technology will now benefit from a flow that starts from a graphical photonic integrated circuit design and system simulation environment which seamlessly couples to Python scripted layout and design capabilities for tape-out with a foundry-validated Process Design Kit (PDK).

Luceda’s IPKISS design platform combines circuit level design and simulation, layout and device CAD all based on Python scripting. Luceda’s SMART Photonics PDK allows designers to tape-out to the SMART Photonics foundry by means of a foundry validated PDK.

VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits is a professional simulation and design environment for large-scale photonic integrated circuits and offers a large mix of general-purpose photonic, electrical and optoelectronic device models. The library extension VPItoolkit PDK SMART v1.5 enables a layout-aware schematic-driven PIC design
workflow and provides access to a broad set of available standard building blocks of the SMART PDK.

Combine the best of both worlds by porting your schematic design to the Python based layout. Use VPIcomponentMaker Photonic  Circuits together with its add-on VPItoolkit PDK SMART to design and simulate the PIC within a complete system. Seamlessly generate the Python based layout of your circuit within the IPKISS platform using the foundry PDK and improve the yield and reliability of your PIC design flow.

The combined flow allows you to construct your own hierarchical and custom building blocks, effectively expanding the foundry PDK to fit individual needs. The advanced Python scripting interfaces of  VPIcomponentMaker and IPKISS empower their intimate integration at any desired level.

“The IPKISS design platform supports a growing number of PDKs from the major photonic IC foundries in silicon, dielectric and III-V technology. By making our validated SMART Photonics PDK available from within VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits, organizations can now take a leap forward and create a design flow that is more reliable and scalable and that will enable them to consolidate their knowledge in a fast moving industry.”
says Pieter Dumon, CTO of Luceda Photonics.

“By adding support of the IPKISS design platform in VPItoolkit PDK SMART, which supported earlier the PhoeniX OptoDesigner and Nazca Design platforms already, we provide PIC designers with the first photonic design automation (PDA) environment that seamlessly integrates capabilities of four different layout design and circuit simulation tools. This enables fast cross-verification of designed circuits, provides easy access to strongest unique features of each tool, and makes an important step towards our common activities on standardization of PDA interfaces, required to avoid segmentation of the rapidly growing integrated photonics market.”
says André Richter, General Manager of VPIphotonics.

About the SMART Photonics PDK
About the IPKISS design platform

About VPIphotonics
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 corporations worldwide. Over 160 academic institutions joined our University Program enabling students, educators and researchers an easy access to VPIphotonics’ latest modeling and design innovations.

Starting from our extensive validated component library, we can assist you in the creation and validation of new model libraries