VPItoolkit PDK HHI supports the PDAFlow application programming interface (API) designed to link different photonic simulation and design automation tools. Once the ASPIC design is completed and optimized, its layout can be exported to PhoeniX OptoDesigner for adding packaging and waveguides/wires routing. Then the GDSII mask layout can be exported and sent to the foundry for fabrication.
As a result, VPItoolkit PDK HHI enables fast designing of InP-based monolithically integrated photonic circuits for their subsequent fabrication at the Fraunhofer HHI foundry.
The design flow and integration between VPIphotonics tools and PhoeniX OptoDesigner can be illustrated as follows:
Optimization of the designed circuit using standard VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits instrumentation
Fabrication tolerance and yield analysis
Automated export of circuit to PhoeniX OptoDesigner for layout packaging and GDSII mask generation
Support of PDAflow API
Seamless integration into VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits
All the building blocks supported by VPItoolkit PDK HHI can be used alongside with a
broad set of standard modules and instrumentation in VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits.
Advanced libraries of standard modules, including:
Passive and active components with thoroughly tested and extensively documented physical models
Optical and electrical signal sources
Open interface for experimentally measured or numerically calculated device models
Flexible design and modeling capabilities, including:
Unique hybrid time-and-frequency-domain modeling (TFDM) approach for large-scale active photonic integrated circuits
Hierarchical design approach
Python, Matlab and C++ cosimulation
Transmitter and Receiver PIC for THz applications
Flat-top filter based on ring-loaded unbalanced MZI structure
See the video below for more details about how to export a circuit designed with VPItoolkit PDK HHI into PhoeniX OptoDesigner.
See the video below for more details about how to design photonic integrated circuits with VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits.