Lumerical and Luceda Photonics Announce New Integration

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Flow between Lumerical’s FDTD photonic simulations and Luceda’s IPKISS will benefit photonics designers

Brussels, Belgium (26 March 2019)

Lumerical Inc., a leading 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.”

About Luceda Photonics

Luceda Photonics wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Luceda Photonics’ tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design. The team’s expertise in the development of process design kits (PDK) and the design and validation of photonic integrated circuits is used by several research institutes and industrial R&D teams worldwide.

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 design tools in over 50 countries and its customers include 10 of the top 15 companies in the S&P 1200 Global IT index, and 46 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 10,000 scientific 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.

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