VPIphotonics and Luceda Photonics collaborate on tools for PIC simulation and layout

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VPIphotonics and Luceda Photonics have teamed up to develop a method to automatically export photonic circuit designs from the VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits design software into IPKISS.eda for layout design and mask generation.

The interface was developed at the request of customers, especially those involved in silicon photonics, according to the two companies.

Developed with special attention to high flexibility and ease of customisation, the interface should enable customers to speed up their implementation of IPKISS-based photonic process design kits, which are usually specific to a particular fabrication facility.

The VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits design tool enables a convenient, accurate and fast design flow for developing large-scale, heterogeneous photonic integrated circuits (PICs) comprising hundreds of passive photonic, active optoelectronic, and electronic elements. The convenient and powerful graphical user interface provides efficient means for automated parameter sweeps, design optimisation, and tolerance and yield analysis. The tool includes both time- and frequency-domain simulation methods.

Luceda Photonics, meanwhile, now offers the IPKISS.eda 3.1 design framework operating inside the Tanner L-Edit EDA by Mentor Graphics, enabling its use inside a professional and easy-to-use electronic design automation (EDA) environment. This creates a complete framework for the design and the design management of PICs, including physical and circuit simulations, mask design, fabrication and design rule checking.

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