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News.   PhoeniX OptoDesigner 5.1.4 now available
PhoeniX have released version 5.1.4 of their OptoDesigner suite of tools. This new version of OptoDesigner focuses on adding more automation to the design layout process while providing the foundation for the eventual synthesis, placement and routing of full photonic circuits.

A key feature added in this release is the automatic generation of boundary port information for both generic and user defined photonic building blocks. Users can make use of these boundary ports in their placement and routing algorithms to automatically adjust component placements and waveguide routing as circuit parameters are tweaked by designers and/or synthesis algorithms.

In addition, the new software also adds a feature called waypoint-assisted Manhattan routing. As the name implies, Manhattan routing is metal or waveguide routing in which all straight connectors run either horizontally or vertically, connected by corners. Instead of manually defining a series of bends and straights, waypoint-assisted routing allows one to simply define a few waypoints through which the routing must run. The connections between the waypoints are then automatically routed. Waypoint-assisted routing can also be combined with boundary ports whereby the waypoints can be specified relative to boundary ports of components and other waveguides. As components move and adjust their size, routing automatically adjusts to accommodate new components sizes and positions.

A third enhancement enables what is known as phase-aware waveguide routing. This feature enables PDK storage of effective index and group index as a function of the wavelength and the width and radius of a waveguide. This information can be combined with optimization routines to automatically route waveguides that have specific phase relationships with other waveguides. Before this, calculating the optical length of a complex waveguide path was extremely difficult. The new feature enables designers to be able to do this through a simple command. The information is also a key building block for future photonic synthesis algorithms that will be able to use these phase relationships when synthesizing circuits.

Evaluation Licenses

PhoeniX are offering Europractice members a free 30-day evaluation license for their OptoDesigner 5 product. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please contact the Microelectronics Support Centre at RAL.


PhoeniX Software Design Solutions for Micro and Nano Technologies

PhoeniX Software delivers a wide range of dedicated software tools to support the professional micro and nano technology designers and researchers by providing a flexible and integrated environment focused on manufacturable designs.

The product portfolio contains of software tools for full custom mask layout, schematic editing, pick and place, (auto-)routing, verification, process flow visualization and library development for MEMS, microfluidics, integrated optics, printed electronics and other micro and nano technologies. For the photonic integration domain circuit simulations, including tolerance analysis and yield optimization, and physical simulators for mode-solving and propagation simulations are offered. Tools are PDAFlow compliant to integrate seamlessly with Design Kits from various foundries in silicon photonics (SOI), TriPleX and IndiumPhosphide (InP) based photonic integration.

OptoDesigner 5

OptoDesigner 5 brings together, in one extremely powerful and versatile combination, all the features previously available within FieldDesigner, MaskEngineer, OptoDesigner and FlowDesigner. OptoDesigner 5 runs on Windows and Linux platforms in native 64-bits and is also available as 32-bits version. Where possible OptoDesigner 5 modules take advantage of multi-core CPU's to speed up your work.

OptoDesigner 5 provides a flexible and integrated tool-set that offers best-in-class control without compromising creativity. It covers the complete design flow, from integrated photonics simulations, process visualization to mask layout. Moreover, OptoDesigner 5 incorporates Process Design Kit (PDK) plugin's, providing access to leading photonic integration platforms (silicon photonics, InP and TriPleX) and foundries offering designers the opportunity of exploring the full technology and market potential of their product ideas.

OptoDesigner 5 comprises: ●   Chip and Mask Layout ●   Process Flow Visualization
  ●   Photonic Mode Simulations ●   Photonic Propagation Simulations

Chip and Mask layout
  The Chip and Mask Layout functionality (also available as stand alone tool: MaskEngineer) features fully parametric capabilities to describe layouts and functional relations between components. Further it has an extensive set of standard libraries with photonic elements and building blocks. In addition designers can define their own element libraries. The built-in Design Rule Checker ensures that designs are compliant with external foundry design rules and support the designer to create manufacturable designs.
Process Flow Visualization
  Process Flow Visualization is a powerful component in the OptoDesigner 5 suite retaining an overview of the complete process flow. It offers comprehensive functionality to analyze the first order flow based on geometrical simulation, enabling advanced features like tolerance analyses and yield optimization. Processes are visualized based on libraries of materials and their responses to individual process steps. This functionality is also available as stand alone tool: FlowDesigner.
Photonic Mode Simulations
  Optical modes are the basic ingredient of integrated optics design steps, varying from being a starting point needed in propagation analysis to waveguide geometry optimization. Fully integrated within the Photonic Mode Simulations module are Real & Complex Mode Solutions, Bend Mode Simulation and Thermo-Optic, Electro-Optic and Stress-Optic simulations. It is driven by fast and reliable Full Vectorial Film Mode Matching and Finite Difference technologies which make it unique in the industry. It delivers powerful post-processing of results and a considerable reduction in data analysis time. This module provides mode solving for 1D and 2D optical waveguides, overlap, confinement and other post-processing of fields as well as bent waveguide modelling. The available 3D Coupled Mode Theory based simulations are a fast and accurate alternative to 3D FDTD simulations of ring resonators and racetracks.
  BPM Propagation
BPM Propagation
Photonic Propagation Simulations
  The Photonic Propagation Simulations module offers light propagation simulation for integrated photonics devices using a number of propagation algorithms such as the Beam Propagation Method (BPM), Eigenmode Expansion or Bi-directional Eigenmode Propagation (EME / BEP) for propagation simulations of structures with back- reflections and Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), which is most suitable for smaller structures which then can be analyzed in more detail.

In addition, the Zone Technology integrates optical design with parametric chip and mask layout allowing the designer to simulate parts of a complete design in one simulation run, rather than simulating on an adapted design or simulating in multiple runs. The Flexible Algorithm Selection Technology (FAST) is used to combine simulation algorithms in one run.

OptoDesigner 5 can be purchased as "OptoDesigner 5 Basic Package" or "OptoDesigner 5 Full Package". The technical brochures below, in Adobe Acrobat format, provides further information on the OptoDesigner 5 products.
OptoDesigner 5 Datasheet OptoDesigner 5 Products

Available Process Design Kits (PDKs)
InP photonics (COBRA)   Within research projects Memphis, EuroPIC and Paradigm design kits and libraries have been developed for foundry access to the InP photonics platform.   InP photonics (FhG-HHI, Paradigm)   This InP photonics Design Kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by the Heinrich Hertz Institute.
InP photonics (Oclaro, Paradigm)   Within project Paradigm a design kit has been developed for foundry access to InP photonics Multi Project Wafer services at Oclaro (Caswell, UK).   Silicon photonics (CEA-Leti: full platform)   This silicon photonics design kit contains the settings, DRC and building blocks for the full platform Multi Project Wafer runs offered by CEA-Leti.
Silicon photonics (CEA-Leti: passives)   The silicon photonics design kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by CEA-Leti.   Silicon photonics (IHP)   This silicon photonics design kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by IHP under the umbrella of ePIXfab.
Silicon photonics (imec)   The silicon photonics design kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by imec for both their passive as well as active (ISIPP25G) platform.   Silicon photonics (OpSIS-IME)   The silicon photonics design kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by OpSIS fabricated at the IME facilities.
Silicon photonics (VTT)   This silicon photonics design kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by VTT under the umbrella of ePIXfab.   TriPleX (LioniX)   The TriPleX Design Kit contains the building blocks for the Multi Project Wafer runs offered by LioniX.

Fabrication Runs

Multi Project Wafer runs are ogranised by Europractice, ePIXfab, IHP, VTT, OpSIS, Paradim, JePPIX and LioniX for a variety of photonics technologies. This allows researchers / engineers access to advanced fabrication facilities for Photonic Integrated Circuits at affordable cost.

Regular training sessions are organised by the brokering organisations. PhoeniX Software participates in most of these training sessions to introduce their design environment and foundry specific Design Kits for the various technologies.

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 including original ink-signed paper End User Agreements (if applicable) 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.




PLEASE ENSURE that you read the End User Agreement Notes before downloading the End User Agreements

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Last modified: July 16, 2018