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AMF And Lumerical Deliver On PICs

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Advanced Micro Foundry, a spin-off from Singapore's renowned A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, is a Singapore-based manufacturer of Silicon Photonics integrated circuits. Partnering with Lumerical, a leading developer of photonic simulation tools, AMF today announced the availability of a Compact Model Library (CML) for its Silicon Photonics process.

Integrating multiple photonic components on a single chip enables Silicon Photonics integrated circuit chips to achieve unprecedented performance, functionality, and economies of scale when compared to traditional photonics equivalents; rendering Silicon Photonics invaluable in multiple technologies and market domains. Smaller form factor and performance gain present Silicon Photonics with disruptive opportunities which were never possible for traditional optics, limited by material which could not be integrated and scaled like electronics.

AMF’s Silicon Photonics process is ideal for applications such as cloud computing, cloud security, hyper scale data centers, 5G communications, autonomous vehicles, robotics, telecommunications, AR and VR, and point-of-care diagnostic systems. Through a decade long intensive effort, AMF developed a comprehensive silicon photonic device library, which includes active and passive functional blocks. These blocks are now able to be simulated through the new CML using Lumerical’s INTERCONNECT Circuit Simulator.

The CML includes passive devices such as optical waveguide device, wavelength division multiplexer (WDM), micro resonator devices, and fiber-to-waveguide couplers as well as active devices such as thermally tunable devices, high-speed modulator, and large-bandwidth waveguide photodetector.

Photonic designers can leverage these pre-developed blocks to design and verify their photonics products more quickly and efficiently without crafting physical prototypes. These predictive capabilities enable photonics designers to validate designs prior to manufacturing, create new product concepts, and explore long-term innovative photonics research such as quantum computing.

“Combining our decade of silicon photonic leadership with Lumerical’s 15 years of photonic simulation leadership results in a capability that will increase our customers’ productivity and throughput. I’m looking forward to accelerating the amount of Silicon Photonic based commercial products as a result," said Louis Lee, Business Operations Director of AMF.

James Pond, CTO of Lumerical said “Silicon Photonics is a key technology in enabling photonics to realize it’s potential by taking it from the research lab into the commercial world. This collaboration with AMF will help Silicon Photonics make its huge impact on technology advancement."

AMF Silicon Photonics CML is available immediately from AMF. AMF CML Reader licenses are available immediately from Lumerical.


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