Lumerical 2017a Release

Lumerical 2017a Offers Improved Capabilities for OLED Designers and Integrated Photonics PDK Developers

Vancouver, BC (November 16, 2016)

Lumerical today announced availability of the 2017a release of its photonic design software suite: FDTD Solutions, MODE Solutions, DEVICE CT, DEVICE HT, and INTERCONNECT. The 2017a release is highlighted by the introduction of a new geometry kernel in DEVICE CT and DEVICE HT which improves the handling and visualization of complex geometries and components. The new geometry kernel is the next step in Lumerical’s ongoing product evolution focused on improving the CAD and component visualization environment and addressing complex multiphysics workflows.

To address user demand for tools to analyze how light emission is affected by interference and microcavity effects in thin-film electroluminescent devices like OLEDs, the 2017a release includes efficient, accurate methods for calculating the emission characteristics of dipole sources embedded within multilayer optical stacks. Beyond OLED design, the multilayer stack calculator has applications in the fields of optical coating and optical filter design.

The 2017a release also adds new features related to improving the accuracy and ease of model development for integrated photonics PDKs and compact model libraries, including:

  • A Monte Carlo simulation framework in INTERCONNECT which facilitates photonic integrated circuit design verification and yield analysis.
  • A new advanced gain fitting algorithm for the INTERCONNECT laser compact model which enables the direct fit of arbitrary, wavelength dependent material or modal gain curves.
  • New port objects in FDTD Solutions which streamlines the S-parameter extraction process for passive components.
  • Broadband support for mode sources and ports in FDTD Solutions which improves simulation accuracy by reducing injection error due to mode mismatch.

“The ability to automatically fit the frequency dependent modal gain curves as function of carrier density is absolutely critical to any laser cavity modelling,” stated Moritz Baier, Project Leader at Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz Institute. “A realistic laser cavity simulation model enables me to study hybrid or monolithic integration of lasers in integrated photonic circuits and specifically allows for more accurate examination of reflections from the photonic circuit back into the cavity. Understanding these effects prior to fabrication means that we can create first-time-right designs that meet the desired performance without costly, time consuming revisions.“

Along with the 2017a release, the Lumerical Compact Model Library (LCML) is being introduced as a reference for designers looking to create calibrated compact models for photonics PDKs or to develop innovative custom component models for internal design libraries.  The LCML provides a library of passive and active compact models for INTERCONNECT and associated component-level workflows. The component-level workflows define step-by-step methodologies to generate accurate compact models by complementing measured component performance and foundry fabrication process data with results from Lumerical’s 3D simulation engines.

“One of the major challenges for integrated photonics designers is the availability of mature, accurate simulation models and structured design rules,” said Bill De Vries, Director of Marketing at Lumerical. “The LCML is intended to give semiconductor foundries and integrated circuit designers looking to leverage the potential of integrated photonics a head start in developing reliable, manufacturable components and devices. Designers can combine electromagnetic, electrical and thermal multiphysics simulations with laboratory measurements in structured workflows to build accurate compact models that in turn can be used to build innovative devices and systems leveraging photonics technology.”

Watch the 2017a new release video to discover everything that the release has to offer.

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About Lumerical

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 10 of the top 15 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.