Lumerical 2016b Release Streamlines Complex Photonic Simulation Workflows
Vancouver, BC (May 25, 2016)
Lumerical today unveiled the latest version of its suite of photonic design software, release 2016b, for FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions, DEVICE CT, DEVICE HT, and INTERCONNECT. The 2016b release is highlighted by the introduction of an application programming interface (API) in all products. The API allows users to drive other Lumerical applications from the script environment, call Lumerical tools from within MATLAB, or take advantage of the robust optimization routines available from the MATLAB Optimization Toolbox. The addition of an API to Lumerical’s 2016b release gives designers complete freedom to define an arbitrary design process that is both repeatable and highly automated.
For example, a key component in integrated photonics is the travelling wave Mach-Zehnder modulator (TW MZI), the design of which relies on a complex interplay of optical, high-speed electrical and thermal effects. Using the API, a designer can author a single script that performs all of the following analysis functions required to accurately design and characterize a TW MZI:
Lumerical will be hosting a webinar on June 27th and 28th that demonstrates the TW MZI workflow streamlined using the API. To learn more and register for the event, visit http://lumeri.ca/dxprz.
“The introduction of the Automation API is an exciting step forward in enabling our users to efficiently create complex analysis workflows that leverage multiple solvers, simulation and post-processing steps,” says Dr. James Pond, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Lumerical. “What previously was only achievable through dedicated development projects can now be configured once and shared across design and research teams. I am excited to learn about the creative ways our users implement workflows that meet their exact needs and research goals.”
Additional features introduced in the 2016b release include:
The 2016b release is available for download now at lumerical.com.
Lumerical develops photonic simulation software – tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Since being founded in 2003, Lumerical has grown to license its software design tools in over 40 countries and its customers include seven of the top 10 companies in the S&P 1200 Global IT index, and 45 of the top 50 research universities as rated by the Times Higher Education rankings. Lumerical’s substantial impact on the photonic design and simulation community means its tools are among the most widely cited in the scientific press, with references in more than 3500 academic publications and patents. Lumerical enables its customers to achieve more with light and establish a leading position in the development of transformative technologies employing photonics.