Synopsys Workshop: Foundry PDK-Driven Silicon Photonic IC Design for Aerospace & Defense, Datacom, and High-Performance Computing Applications

When: Tuesday, April 4, 8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Crystal City 
Washington, DC
1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA

Join our workshop to learn a complete electro-optic design flow for photonic ICs. Our experts will discuss strategies for managing design teams to prepare for multi-project wafer (MPW) runs with foundries. No prior knowledge of photonic IC design is required, although a basic understanding of EDA basics and practices is helpful. 

Who should attend: 

  • Aerospace and defense: project managers, principal investigators, members of the photonic and electronic systems as well as circuit design teams
  • Telecom, high-performance computing, datacom and sensors: technical leaders, transceivers and co-packaged optics (CPO) teams, simulation and verification professionals
  • Academia: R&D scientists, government and industry co-funded project managers

Why learn about PICs?

The time for large-scale, reliable photonic integrated circuits (PICs) has finally arrived. The segments PICs find compelling use-cases include aerospace & defense, sensors, data centers, high-performance computing (AI/ML), health and consumer wearables. Governments, academia and industry are all onboard to transfer the knowledge gained from decades of manufacturing experience in electronic integrated circuits to photonic integration. In addition to the favorable economics from higher energy efficiency, smaller footprint and lower cost, photonic integration is recognized as essential to the national security.

What the workshop will cover:

  • Introduction to schematic-driven layout (SDL) design flow for PICs using commercial foundry iPDK   
  • Schematic Entry in Synopsys OptoCompiler
  • Testbench setup and pre-layout simulation
  • Layout: Overview of productivity enhancing features/automation and Back-annotation
  • Post-layout simulation: Introduction to Monte Carlo and Corner Analyses
  • Verification: Design Rule Check, Layout vs. Schematic
  • Custom Photonics: Active and Passive Photonic Component Design for Manufacturing
  • Setting up a device design in Photonic Device Compiler (RSoft Device Design Tools)
  • Choice of BPM, FDTD, RCWA, FEM
  • Using Custom PDK Utility for generating cells, views and parametric simulation data
  • Using Custom PDK in the SDL flow (OptoCompiler)
  • Introduction to E-O Co-Design
  • Schematic Entry in Synopsys OptoCompiler
  • Testbench Setup for electrical and photonic subcircuits
  • Visualization of simulation results and post-processing options

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Luis Orbe 
Customer Support Coordinator
Synopsys, Inc 

Luis Orbe has multiple years of experience in photonic integrated circuit design (PIC), customer enablement, and training program coordination.  

Luis received his PhD and MSc degrees in Engineering Management and Logistics and Advanced Electronic Systems from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he specialized in PIC design for mid-infrared sensing and monolithic integration. He has participated in European PIC design and education initiatives, authored or co-authored 20 papers in the field of photonics, and holds a patent for a photonic multiplexer/demultiplexer design. 

Chenglin Xu
RSoft Photonic Device Tools Product Manager
Synopsys, Inc  

Chenglin Xu is currently the Product Manager at Synopsys for RSoft Photonic Device Tools. 

Before joining Synopsys, he was an Optical Design Engineer of JDS (95-96), a Research Assistant Professor of University of Waterloo (97-99), and the Chief Scientist and co-founder of Apollo Photonics, Inc. (97-04), a Professor of Shandong University (05-06) and a Senior Application Engineer of RSoft Design Group (07-12), which was acquired by Synopsys in 2012. 

Chenglin earned his BS and MS degrees in Optical Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China in 1985 and 1988, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada in 1994. 

TungYu Su
Senior Applications Engineer
Synopsys, Inc 

TungYu Su is a senior application engineer at Synopsys Photonic Solutions. He has more than 10 years’ experience in optics and photonics with a focus on applications of circuit-level design, simulation, layout implementation and physical verification of PICs, device-level design, and validation and optimization of photonic devices. 

TungYu earned his BS and MS in the department of Physics in National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan in 2010 and 2012, respectively.