The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and Lumerical Build an Ecosystem for Photonic Integrated Circuits

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Lumerical enables circuit simulation with compact models for HHI’s InP Integration Platform | Speeds path to MPW and Customer Specific Private Runs

Berlin, Germany and Vancouver, BC (September 21, 2018)

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a mobile and information technology development leader based in Berlin, Germany and Lumerical Inc. (, a leading developer of photonic simulation tools, today announced the availability of the Compact Model Library (CML) for HHI’s InP Integration Platform, further building the rapidly expanding ecosystem for photonic integrated circuits.

HHI’s InP Integration Platform provides a toolbox for TxRx photonic integration with quick MPW turnaround time with tape-outs every three months, and customer specific private runs in HHI’s ISO certified, qualified production facility. The facility further offers e-beam services beam and epitaxial growth. InP offers amplification and laser sources which are monolithically integrated within the chip. InP also offers efficient modulators and detectors as well as a broad range of passive waveguide structures and devices. The platform is ideal for 100+ Gb/s data transmission and detection and sensor applications from industrial combustion sensing to satellite-to-satellite optical communication such as interrogators for optical sensors, optical filters with integrated gain, and advanced optical sources.

The new HHI CML, based on Lumerical INTERCONNECT, enables photonic designers to create, test, and optimize their product designs on the circuit level, without requiring a deep knowledge of the materials, the processing, and the device physics of various building blocks. These predictive capabilities enable the scientific and engineering community to validate designs prior to manufacturing, create new product concepts, and explore long-term innovative photonics research. Components included in the HHI CML are waveguides, multimode interference couplers (MMIs), spot size converters, butt-joint couplers, polarization beam splitters and rotators, current-injection phase modulators, tunable gratings, DBR & DFB lasers, EAMs, MZIs, photodetectors, and semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs).

“During my entire career, designing optoelectronic devices relied on homegrown simulation models. This is still common practice in the photonic industry. Using CML libraries as provided now by Lumerical for the HHI InP foundry platform can enhance both the accessibility and design quality of novel photonic devices for multiple applications,“ said Andreas Umbach, CEO of AUCCEPT Consulting.

Photonics, the science of light and its interaction with matter, unlocks many possibilities for the world’s leading technology companies across diverse fields including biotechnology, data communications, information storage, solar energy, environmental sensing, and consumer electronics. “This new CLML will help us service our customers and fellow researchers better by providing them with components accurately modeled, so that they can focus on their system rather than building their components “, said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ronald Freund, Head of Photonic Networks and Systems Department at HHI.

James Pond, CTO of Lumerical said “HHI has long been a leader for Germany and globally in photonic research. The new CML, combined with Lumerical’s photonic simulation tools will speed the application of their advanced research to commercial applications.”

HHI InP CML is available October 1st from HHI. Corresponding CML Reader licenses are available immediately from Lumerical. MPW reservations are accessible at the Joint European Platform for Photonic Integration of Components and Circuits (JEPPIX) at

The new CML featuring HHI’s InP Integration Platform and Lumerical’s INTERCONNECT will be demonstrated at the 44th European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) in Rome, September 24 – 26 at HHI’s Stand 308.

About the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is a world leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks and multimedia systems. From photonic components and systems to fiber optic sensor systems and high speed hardware architectures, the Heinrich Hertz Institute works together with its international partners from research and industry on the infrastructures for the future Gigabit Society for the international market. At the same time Fraunhofer HHI also develops forward-looking applications for broadband networks with key research foci on 3D TV, 3D displays, HDTV, man-machine interaction through control by gesture, image signal processing and transmission, and use of interactive media.

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 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.

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