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Mentor Graphics and Luceda Photonics deliver a PDK for imec's integrated silicon photonics platform


PDK for imec's integrated Silicon Photonics Platform promotes a 'right-the-first-time' approach to silicon photonics.

Mentor Graphics in collaboration with Luceda Photonics, has announced the availability of a full flow process design kit for imec's integrated silicon photonics platform (iSiPP50G). The PDK is designed to provide an easy-to-use environment for integrated circuit (IC) design, simulation and layout with reliable, industry-standard physical verification for this silicon photonics platform.

"Imec's iSiPP50G process technology is a key platform for silicon photonics companies," said Greg Lebsack, general manager Tanner EDA at Mentor Graphics. "Delivering this PDK is significant for the market as it eliminates the manual, error-prone steps to establish a repeatable, efficient design flow. Now companies can get their innovative products to market more quickly and reliably using cost-effective tools and manufacturing."

IPKISS.eda inside L-Edit aims to provide photonic IC designers with full control of their design framework to ensure that what they fabricate matches exactly how they designed it. In addition, it is designed to enable the reuse and distribution of the design work in a hierarchical framework with the goals to save time and improve reliability.

"Our customers ask for help automating the mechanics of design so they can use their skills and knowledge to deliver functionality, performance and quality," said Pieter Dumon, CTO, Luceda. "The qualification of this PDK together with integration of IPKISS.eda within the Mentor Tanner design flow delivers just that."

The PDK contains library symbols, PCells, simulation models and a Tanner Calibre One IC physical verification rule deck. The combination of foundry PDK and off-the-shelf tools aims to eliminate the time-consuming process of creating the custom building blocks required for the design of a silicon photonics device.

"The release of the PDK for the Mentor-Tanner & Luceda design flow is an important contribution to the ease of access to iSiPP50G." said Phill Christie, leader of the Business & Technology Strategy Group, Imec.IC-link. "Imec is committed to providing design environment options for its customers."

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