Magazine Feature

This article was originally featured in the edition: 2018 Issue III (Chinese version)

Lumerical’s FDTD Photonic Simulations And Luceda’s IPKISS Will Benefit Photonics Designers


Lumerical, a developer of photonic design and simulation
tools and Luceda Photonics, developer of IPKISS, a reference platform for
Integrated Photonic design and photonic PDKs announce the immediate
availability of a new photonic flow that integrates Lumerical's FDTD Solutions
photonic simulator and Luceda's IPKISS. These products, familiar to photonic
component designers, create a complete flow linking Lumerical and Luceda's
powerful PIC design frameworks, providing designers with the choice to use
their favored tools at each stage in their design flow.

Responding to multiple customer requests, Luceda Photonics
and Lumerical are committed to integrated photonics designers and developed a
link between IPKISS and Lumerical FDTD solutions. The link enables component
designers to combine IPKISS PCells with simulation recipes to ensure that
components are simulated in Lumerical FDTD Solutions using validated methods on
3D structures that match the fabricated device. Both IPKISS PCells and the
simulation recipes are written in Python enabling designer control of the PCell
and the associated simulation methodology. The designer can ensure consistency
between layout, fabrication process and the generated simulation results that
can be further used in the IPKISS and Lumerical design solutions.

Prof. Wim Bogaerts said “At Ghent University we have been
interfacing IPKISS and Lumerical for several years now and we are
enthusiastically using it for both research and teaching. We are very happy to
learn that there will be an official link between IPKISS and Lumerical, and
we're looking forward to enjoy the benefits of this collaboration”.

Erwin De Baetselier, Luceda CEO said “We are really excited
about our new collaboration with Lumerical. We are particularly thrilled about
using Lumerical's Python API. IPKISS fully embraces the Python ecosystem and
through this new link Lumerical and Luceda Photonics provide the first complete
design platform that is completely scriptable from Python.”

James Pond, Lumerical Founder & CTO remarked,
“Integration with Luceda is a consistent request from many photonic component
design customers. This integration with Luceda, a leader in Python-based mask
layout of photonic designs, expands the ecosystem for designers using familiar
tools, and further demonstrates our commitment to the Python community.”

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