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PICWave

A photonic IC, laser diode and SOA simulator

Design Kit for Smart Photonics (InP)

PICWave's InP design kit for Smart Photonics contains the building blocks offered by this foundry for users of the JePPIX platform. This design kit is available to users of the associated JePPIX platform.  

This Design Kit provides a sophisticated and detailed optoelectronic model of all of the Smart Photonics building blocks (BBs). Active building blocks such as SOAs are the most challenging to model accurately and Photon Design has worked closely with Smart Photonics to bring out a calibrated model for the SOA and all of the Smart photonics active BBs.

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Features
  • Building blocks include:

    • Waveguides: straights, tapers, bends, transitions

    • Splitters/couplers: MMIs, MIRs

    • Active components: SOA, saturable absorber, phase modulators, photo-diodes  

  • Circuit designs can be exported from PICWave to a mask layout tool via the PDAFlowTM library. PDAFlow is photonics’ answer to OpenAccess in electronics. It enables multiple tools from different vendors to communicate with each other, allowing photonic circuit designs to exchanged between different software packages. PICWave utilises PDAFlow to allow circuit designs to be exported to MaskEngineer, an industrial strength layout tool from PhoeniX Software, where a mask can be generated near-automatically and the layout design rules checked.

  • The foundry service allows multiple designs to be included on one wafer, another big cost saving.  

PDAFlow    

The generic foundry process.
Design kits are available for Smart Photonics and HHI fabs under the PARADIGM project.