PIC Week 2018: EDA-driven Design, Simulation, and Layout of Photonic ICs

PIC Week 2018: EDA-driven design, simulation, and layout of photonic ICs

As the potential applications for integrated photonics continues to expand, integrated photonics is transitioning quickly into mainstream electronic designs. However, as photonic designs come with unique challenges in areas including circuit modeling, layout and error checking, standard electronic design automation (EDA) flow cannot adequately support the integration of photonic components/circuits into their electronic counterparts.

In this webinar, we demonstrate a new EDA-style workflow for the design, simulation, and layout of photonics ICs, which is developed upon the seamless integration of Cadence® Virtuoso® platform and Lumerical INTERCONNECT. In particular, we will have short demos on the co-design and co-simulation of an integrated quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) transceiver, as well as the layout of a photonic micro-ring resonator, to highlight the capabilities of our workflow.


Dr. Ahmadreza Farsaei Principal Product Engineer (Cadence): Dr. Farsaei is a Principal Product Engineer for Photonics at Cadence Design Systems. Before joining Cadence, Dr. Farsaei was an Application Engineer II in Lumerical where he has done the first integration of INTERCONNECT, Lumerical's photonic circuit simulator, into the Virtuoso framework. Dr. Ahmadreza Farsaei has an M.Sc. in RF Microelectronics, and he received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia mainly working in the area of Microwave Photonics. His primary research experience and interest are in the fields of CMOS integrated circuits and integrated photonics.

Dr. Zeqin Lu Application Engineer (Lumerical): Dr. Lu is taking the lead on developing innovative integration solutions for photonics IC and electronics IC design methodologies. Dr. Lu received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His primary research experience and interests are in silicon photonics and electronic photonics design automation. He has co-authored over 40 refereed journal and conference publications in these areas.

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