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dw-2000 Photonic Bundle

The dw-2000 Photonic Bundle is a fully integrated framework optimized for the design of photonic, optoelectronic and other microstructures. It comes with a library of pre-made photonic elements and allows users to create their own specific parametric cells. Prior to tape-out, photonic layouts can be automatically checked for design rule errors. The Photonic Bundle contains the following modules:

dw-2000 Layout Editor

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dw-2000 is a powerful layout creation platform. True all-angle capabilities are provided through architectural design, and support for complex curve linear structures is an intrinsic part of the software. The integrated Boolean Engine can perform complex Boolean operations and sizing on all angle geometries. The full scripting language GPE (Graphics Programming Environment) enables users to customize their work environment, develop their own commands, automate repetitive tasks and create layouts that cannot be drawn by hand due to their complexity. 

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dw-2000 Photonics Element Library

The Photonics Element Library features a library of parametric optical elements. To use these elements, designers just select the appropriate device, assign its parameter values and place it in the layout. Once a waveguide element is placed, users can view or modify the ready-to-manufacture layout. The following elements are included:

  • Linear
  • Arc Bend
  • Arc S-Bend
  • Sine S-Bend
  • Cosine S-Bend
  • Polynomial
  • Elliptic
  • Ring
  • Polygon
  • Linear Taper
  • Arc Taper
  • Arc S-Bend Taper
  • Sine S-Bend Taper
  • Cosine S-Bend Taper
  • Polynomial S-Bend Taper
  • Exponential Taper
  • Parabolic Taper
  • Circular Lens
  • Elliptic Lens
  • Parabolic Lens
  • Hyperbolic Lens

  • dw-2000 P-Cell Development Kit

    Parametric Cells (P-Cells) are dw-2000 structures used to automatically lay out elements based on user-assigned parameter values. P-Cells eliminate the repetitive task of recreating the same layout with different parameters.

    The P-Cell Development Kit allows users to create their own parametric cells such as gratings, zone plates, AWGs or other hierarchical waveguide elements, photonic crystals, lasers, and so on.

    dw-2000 Extended Design Rule Checker

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    As in the microelectronics industry, photonic designers need to be able to verify that designs conform to manufacturers’ requirements. This involves checking designs for violations of specific rules, ranging from simple width and spacing issues to more complex rules such as misalignment and non-conforming bend radii in the waveguides.

    The Extended Design Rule Checker provides such an expanded set of unique rules, including width, spacing, overlap, extensions, inside, outside, touch, enclose, area, density, edge and segment selection, conditional checks (such as angle, edge length), property checks (such as area, ratio), off-grid, error filtering (such as projections) and connectivity.

    It is fully integrated with dw-2000 Layout Editor for easy error navigation, including legend dialog to facilitate error count, colour-coded error representation, and plain English error representation. This provides designers with close interaction between the errors and the layout where they can be corrected.

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    Additional information on the products within the dw-2000 Photonic Bundle can be found in the following Design Workshop Technologies datasheets:

    Extended Design Rule Checker Brochure Intellectual Property Brochure
    Physical Layout Brochure Photonics Element Library Technical Specification

    Trial Licenses

    Design Workshop Technologies is offering Europractice members a free 30-day evaluation license. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please complete the Trial License Order Form. Please note that interested parties must also complete the End User Agreements where appropriare, from the How to Order section below.

    System Requirements 

    Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista (32- or 64-bit editions)
    CPU: Pentium Family or better
    Memory: 2 GB (for large designs, plan for more memory)
    Disk space: 150 MB
    Video card: 64 MB video card or better
    Monitor: Minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels
    Networking: A network card is required
    Mouse: A 3-button mouse is recommended

    How to Order

    Orders are placed with the vendor on a single order, once per month. To be included in the current month's order, all documents must be received by the Microelectronics Support Centre no later than the 25th day of the month.

    Detailed instructions on how to place an order are given in our Order Procedures.




    Last modified: January 29, 2019