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11 March 2019

CompoundTek and software provider Lumerical partner on enhanced silicon photonics PDK

Singapore-based silicon photonic (SiPh) foundry services provider CompoundTek Pte Ltd has announced the availability of an enhanced process design kit (PDK) developed in collaboration with photonic simulation software provider Lumerical Inc of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In combining Lumerical’s photonics design automation for accelerated photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design prototyping with CompoundTek’s proprietary foundry services, the SiPh PDK strengthens CompoundTek’s efforts in driving customers’ process efficiencies by accelerating their time-to-market.

The enhanced SiPh PDK will be offered through the implementation of a reliable compact model library (CML), which includes active and passive devices such as optical waveguide devices, fiber-to-waveguide couplers, high-speed waveguide germanium (Ge) photo-detectors and high-speed modulator. It allows SiPh designers to leverage pre-developed blocks to design and verify their photonics products more quickly and efficiently before fabricating physical prototypes. These predictive capabilities enable photonics designers to validate designs prior to manufacturing.

“We are excited to partner with the industry’s leading SiPh foundry service provider, CompoundTek, to provide a reliable CML for accurate time- and frequency-domain simulation using Lumerical’s PIC simulator INTERCONNECT,” comments Lumerical’s chief technology officer Dr James Pond.

“This milestone partnership with Lumerical speaks to CompoundTek’s commitment in supporting our existing and potential customers’ endeavors to improve their productivity in SiPh design,” says CompoundTek’s chief operating officer K.S. Ang. “Together with our design partners, this photonics design automation solution, together with our open SiPh manufacturing process platform, will accelerate the adoption of SiPh solutions for various applications ranging from datacom transceivers, smart sensor, bio-medical, automotive LiDAR, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.”

CompoundTek’s operation include strategic partnerships with a fabrication service provider in Malaysia and global SiPh research institutes, offering solutions for SiPh players from start-ups to Fortune 500 entities.

The partnership kicked off with presentations of live demos at the booths of both CompoundTek and Lumerical at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2019) in San Diego, CA, USA (3-7 March).

See related items:

Singapore’s CompoundTek exhibiting silicon photonics foundry solutions at OFC

Lumerical and Mentor co-develop PDK for TowerJazz’s silicon photonics foundry process

Tags: silicon photonics PIC Simulation software EDA software

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