Mentor Graphics is working in collaboration with Luceda Photonics to produce a full-flow process design kit (PDK) for imec’s integrated Silicon Photonics Platform (iSiPP50G). The two firms are promoting a “right-the-first-time” approach to silicon photonics, according to Mentor
The result is an “easy-to-use environment” for integrated circuit (IC) design, simulation, and layout with reliable, industry-standard physical verification, according to the company. The PDK supports the Tanner IC design suite along with Tanner Calibre One for physical verification. Luceda's IPKISS.eda is integrated within Tanner's L-Edit full-custom layout tool providing drag-and-drop photonic components and fine-grained control over every aspect of the design flow.
The imec process is suited to devices such as high-performance optical transceivers, optical sensing and read-out ICS, and biomolecule detection, says Mentor. The Tanner IC design suite supports analog, mixed-signal, RF, MEMS and silicon photonic design in one complete, highly integrated, end-to-end flow.