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AIM Photonics Welcomes PhoeniX Software As Newest Member Of National Manufacturing Institute

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PhoeniX to help lead PDK Development and Electronic-Photonic Design Flows

SUNY Polytechnic Institute and AIM Photonics joined PhoeniX Software to announce the company's membership in AIM Photonics. PhoeniX Software is the premier vendor of photonic design automation (PDA) software used to synthesise integrated photonic circuits. The company is unique in the photonics industry as it enables photonic designers to work in a high-level technology-agnostic view and then synthesse the layout of their photonic integrated circuits (PICs) to different target fabrication processes. This capability is strategic to the AIM initiative as it enables photonic designers to quickly prototype their designs by targeting any one of AIM's photonic fabrication processes for layout and assembly in an AIM multi-project wafer (MPW) run.

"AIM Photonics is building a membership that includes some of the country's most innovative technology companies that each provide critical elements to the success of the institute," said Robert Duffy, Chairman of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council. "I'd like to personally welcome PhoeniX Software to the AIM team and congratulate SUNY Poly President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros and AIM CEO Dr. Michael Liehr on their continued success. Together, we are creating a world of new opportunities through this Rochester-based initiative."

"PhoeniX Software brings over 20 years of commercial photonic design automation experience with extensive work in the creation and use of photonic process design kits (PDKs). We are excited to leverage their help in building the PDKs necessary to enable photonic designers to bring designs into our facilities," said Michael Liehr, CEO of AIM and Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology for SUNY Polytechnic Institute. "PhoeniX and other PDA companies are key to scaling photonic design into commercial applications and we look forward to working with PhoeniX Software to help us work on next generation electronic-photonic design automation platforms (EPDA)."

PhoeniX Software pioneered the use of generic photonic building blocks and photonic synthesis with several European photonic foundries throughout the early 2000's. PhoeniX Software also played a leadership role in designing interfaces with other PDA companies to create front-to-back photonic design flows and more recently to work with leading electronic design automation (EDA) companies such as Mentor Graphics, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys to create EPDA co-design environments.

"We are extremely happy to be working with AIM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute in the United States", said Twan Korthorst, CEO of PhoeniX Software. "We have many customers in the United States who have been wanting a U.S based fabrication site for their PICs and we were pleased to be able to inform them that PDKs and high level photonic libraries will soon be available from AIM for the PhoeniX Software platform."

PhoeniX Software sells a photonics design automation platform that uses a hierarchical building block-based paradigm to enable photonic designers to capture and verify their photonic circuits at a higher level of abstraction that is agnostic to any given physical fabrication process. With a native curvilinear shape engine, efficient scripting capabilities and dedicated photonic waveguide and component implementation routines, the tool suite is unique in the market. It allows the high level design description to be mapped to one or more different target fabrication processes and then synthesizes the correct layout of the circuit to meet the designers' intent while satisfying specific design rules of the targeted foundry process. PhoeniX Software's tools are also used to co-design the PIC within a package.


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