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25 September 2018

Synopsys and SMART Photonics expand InP-based PIC design automation

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Synopsys Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA ― which provides electronic design automation (EDA) software, semiconductor IP and services for chip and electronic system design ― says that a new, production-ready process design kit (PDK) based on the indium phosphide (InP) process of independent pure-play InP foundry SMART Photonics of Eindhoven, The Netherlands is now available in its OptSim Circuit tool to support InP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design and simulation.

Synopsys’ PIC Design Suite, which consists of OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner tools, provides a seamless PIC design flow from idea to manufacturing from a single solutions provider. The addition of the SMART PDK to OptSim Circuit, combined with the PDK’s availability in OptoDesigner, enables users to use the PIC Design Suite to schematically capture and simulate InP-based PIC designs with the SMART PDK building blocks, and then synthesize and verify a SMART-foundry-compatible layout.

As PIC technologies advance, photonic design automation (PDA) software has become critical for improving PIC design productivity, driving time to market, and reducing costs, says Synopsys. PDKs provide a crucial link between PDA circuit simulation and layout tools by supporting efficient design concept verification, signoff checks and mask generation. The PIC Design Suite, together with the RSoft photonic device modeling tools, give PIC designers and PDK developers an infrastructure for creating and using custom PDKs, which is vital for generating foundry-specific intellectual property (IP), as well as augmenting existing PDKs with custom components such as the SMART PDK.

“PhoeniX Software was the first commercial software partner with a proven track record for designing photonic circuits. The acquisition of PhoeniX and the OptoDesigner tool by Synopsys strengthens collaboration further and enables customers to move forward to use a single partner for the full simulation and design flow,” comments SMART Photonics’ business developer Jeroen Duis. “We have been working closely with the Synopsys team to complete our PDK for use with the OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner tools. This will help our mutual customers create more complex designs with a higher quality and shortened time to market,” he adds.

“This is another example of a world-class PIC foundry taking advantage of the new opportunities offered by rapid advances in photonic integration,” comments Tom Walker, group director of R&D for Synopsys’ Photonic Solutions. “We are excited to be working with SMART Photonics and to be able to give our mutual customers the ability to design advanced custom photonic applications using the SMART Photonics InP semiconductor process.”

Synopsys is highlighting the PIC Design Suite in booth 713 at the European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC 2018) in Rome, Italy (24-27 September).

See related items:

Synopsys and PhoeniX presenting PIC design using OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner

Tags: Synopsys InP PIC Simulation software EDA software

Visit: www.smartphotonics.nl

Visit: http://optics.synopsys.com/rsoft

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