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Synopsys Expands Modeling Capabilities for InP-Based PIC Design with the Latest FhG-HHI Process Design Kit

Synopsys is pleased to announce that a new, production-ready process design kit (PDK) for Fraunhofer HHI’s Indium Phosphide (InP) integrated photonics process is now available for the PIC Design Suite. In addition to smaller updates for layout and design rule checking (DRC), a complete model library has been implemented for OptSim Circuit to support InP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design and simulation.

The PIC Design Suite’s bidirectional interface allows users to represent and simulate a schematic design in OptSim Circuit, open the same file in OptoDesigner and finalize the layout – including component placement and waveguide routing. Any modifications in the layout will be saved and can be loaded back into OptSim Circuit to re-simulate the behavior and optimize the performance of the generated layout design.

This HHI PDK version 5.4.1 for Synopsys’ PIC Design Suite enables designers to design the circuit schematic, simulate the behavior with the HHI PDK building blocks, and then synthesize and verify a manufacturable layout. The FhG-HHI design kit supports MPW runs provided by HHI via technology broker JePPIX or in direct commercial collaboration with HHI.

With the HHI PDK and Synopsys’ PIC Design Suite, users can control InP-based PIC designs at both the circuit and layout levels, with faster, more accurate prototype simulations that translate to higher yields for volume production.

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How to Obtain PIC Foundry PDKs

Synopsys’ PIC Design Suite is used by many designers around the world to access MPW services and to work directly with R&D facilities and commercial foundries. Our Customer Support Portal provides an overview with the contact details to obtain the PDK installer for your foundry of choice. If you do not already have a customer portal account, register online.