DesignCon Panel – Photonics Coming of Age: The Emergence of PDKs

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM | Ballroom D

Pass Type: 2-Day Pass, All Access Pass, Alumni All Access Pass, Boot Camp Pass, Expo Pass
Track: 03. Integrating Photonics & Wireless in Electrical Design
Audience Level: All
Session Type: Panel Discussion (Free)

Description: As photonics transition from research in universities and labs to commercial production, a critical enabler is the emergence of Process Design Kits (PDKs) to provide access to foundry technology through the use of photonics-focused tools such as simulation, schematic capture, layout and design rules checkers. The first commercial photonic PDKs emerged in 2018. Pioneers who delivered these PDKs will discuss challenges in their development, their application in photonic design, and project how they will develop in the future. They will also discuss how photonic tools are linked to the emerging commercial foundries.

Takeaway: The emergence of Process Development Kits (PDKs) is a critical enabler in the transition of photonics from research to commercial production. PDKs provide access to foundry technology through the use of photonic- focused tools such as simulation, schematic capture and layout. The first commercial PDKs emerged in 2018.

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