Process Design Kits

Synopsys Photonic Solutions has the most comprehensive Photonic IC foundry support in the industry, with Process Design Kits (PDKs) available from foundries around the world for photonic processes such as silicon, silicon nitride, indium phosphide, polymers, and silica-on-glass. Our PIC Design Suite has enabled more than 1500 tapeouts.

We support all technologies:

  • Silicon photonics
  • InP/III-V
  • TriPleX
  • SiO2/SiN technologies, including polymers, silica and more

Setting Up Your Own PDK

The supported PDKs are a plug-in library for our PIC design environment and are available either directly from Synopsys or from the foundry. For vertically integrated organizations, foundries engaging in integrated photonics manufacturing or customers using foundries that is not yet supported, we offer PIC Engineering Services to kick-start teams with setting up foundry-specific compact models, building block definitions, and generating layouts and required design verification rules.

Obtaining PIC Foundry PDKs

Our 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, please email for information about how to sign up.

What's New

The first OptoCompiler commercial PDK is now available:

  • Tower Semiconductor PH18MA PDK Version PHS18.4

Your Foundry Not Listed Here?

You don't see the technology or foundry you want to work with? Don't worry, we have relationships with many more facilities than listed below. Setting up a layout-oriented PDK with our Photonics Building Block platform can be done in hours, not weeks! Contact our Support team to request more information or support.

Silicon Photonics

Silicon Nitride Photonics

Hybrid Silicon and Silicon Nitride

InP/III-V Photonics


Following is a list of the PDKs available from foundry partners offering MPW services. This list groups the PDKs according to their design capabilities.

Circuit Simulation and Layout Generation (Full Flow)

Layout Generation

Circuit Simulation

Packaging Services