AP_SUNY PDK 3.5a Drives Design for Manufacturability with First Lumerical INTERCONNECT Statistical Compact Model Library

20+ statistical models support PIC yield analysis

Analog Photonics (AP), SUNY Poly and Lumerical Inc., a leading developer of photonic design and simulation tools, announce the release of AP_SUNY Process Design Kit (PDK) v3.5 Compact Model Library sponsored by AIM Photonics. The PDK Component Library, owned by Analog Photonics, is the first to support statistical models in Lumerical’s INTERCONNECT, introducing a set of statistical models based on the measured wafer-scale data of photonic components. Statistical variation data is now available for waveguides, passive and active components. The PDK provides SMEs with a key resource for the development of the baseline technology and design of photonic products to be manufactured by SUNY Poly Multi-project Wafer (MPW) services at AIM Photonics.

Dr. Erman Timurdogan, Director of PDK Development at Analog Photonics said, “In PDK v3.5, users have access to statistical models for full-build, passive technologies based on the experimental data and the component library is adapted to support a brand-new technology offering, Active Interposer. The statistical models allow for prediction of the device, system or product performance, yield, and corner analysis without spending the time and money to fabricate and test it. The models will also help with design for manufacturability (DFM) practices at AIM Photonics.”

The release is the seventh major update of the Silicon Photonics Process Design Kit on 300mm wafers with Lumerical compact models in the past 3.5 years. The Analog Photonics team expanded the PDK library from 21 components to over 60+ verified and best-in-class modulator and detector components that are compatible with 3 SUNY technologies (passive, full-build and passive interposer). The PDK statistically enables all process sensitive components within the component library; 5 waveguides, 5 passive elements (c+l band 3 port splitter, c+l band 4 port splitter, c+l band 99/1 tap, c+l band 90/10 tap, o-band 4 port splitter), and 12 active elements (3 mach-zehnder modulators, 4 c+l band tunable microdisk modulators, 4 c+l band tunable filters, and 1 o band microdisk modulator).

Phase Sensitive Innovation’s Dr. Timothy Creazzo said, “The simulation capabilities enabled by the AIM CML in Lumerical’s INTERCONNECT allows us to focus on the application of our designs rather than worry about the function of the individual components, which significantly accelerates our development timelines. The new release that adds the ability to address yield analysis through Monte Carlo simulations in INTERCONNECT will be a critical element in the path to commercialization of our technology.”

“Delivering statistical compact models for the first time in the AIM PDK is another major milestone in delivering the commercialization environment that our customers are demanding,” said Lumerical CTO James Pond.

AIM Photonics CEO Michael Liehr said, “We are proud that this AIM PDK is the first instance of statistical CMLs from Lumerical. Together, we are pushing the leading edge of the PIC ecosystem.”

AP_SUNY PDK v3.5 is available immediately from AIM Photonics.


About AIM Photonics 
AIM Photonics is one of a number of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, an industry-driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premier capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to national security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. For more information about AIM Photonics, visit http://www.aimphotonics.com.

About SUNY Poly 
SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a globally recognized leader in higher education and technology innovation, research and development. SUNY Poly’s colleges offer studies in everything from nanoscience to engineering. Business to natural sciences. Nursing to nanoengineering. Mathematics to communication. Social sciences to nanobioscience. Cybersecurity. Nanoeconomics. Humanities. Computer science–and more. These exciting, relevant courses and majors are targeted to enable students to achieve success in growing 21st century career fields. For more information about SUNY Poly, visit http://www.sunypoly.edu

About Analog Photonics 
Analog Photonics is developing a portfolio of products and services based on proprietary silicon photonics technology with innovative electronics. The process design kit serves as a foundation to our customers worldwide in growing markets such as interconnects, automotive, industrial, consumer, medical and defense. Our specialized optical communication and LiDAR products are targeted to provide unprecedented performance benefits and cost savings to our customers. For more information about Analog Photonics, visit http://www.analogphotonics.com

About Lumerical 
Lumerical develops photonic simulation software – tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Since being founded in 2003, Lumerical has grown to license its design tools in over 50 countries and its customers include 13 of the top 15 technology companies in the FORTUNE Global 500 index, and 46 of the top 50 research universities as rated by the Times Higher Education rankings. Lumerical’s substantial impact on the photonic design and simulation community means its tools are among the most widely cited in the scientific press, with references in more than 10,000 scientific publications and patents. Lumerical enables its customers to achieve more with light and establish a leading position in the development of transformative technologies employing photonics. For more information about Lumerical, visit https://www.lumerical.com