VPIphotonics at SPIE Photonic West, 13-18 February in San Francisco, USA

Come and visit our modeling experts at the German Pavilion - Booth 4629-10!

Product Highlights

  • VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits

    Design flow for elaborating modern and next generation Opto-Electronics & Photonic Integrated Circuits

    VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits is a simulation and design environment for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). It provides advanced device libraries integrated with a scalable time-and-frequency-domain simulation framework for fast and accurate modeling of large-scale PICs with a mix of photonic, electrical and optoelectronic devices.

    • Integrated Optics, Silicon Photonics, InP and III-V Integrated Photonics: Microrings, Waveguides, Bragg gratings
    • Multisection/Tapered Optoelectronic Devices: SOAs, Lasers, Modulators, Switches, 2R/3R Regenerators, Photodetectors
    • Electric and Digital Circuits: Active filters, Laser drivers, Transmission lines, Digital logic circuits, ADC/DAC converters
    • Investigate photonic device/circuit impact in optical fiber systems with VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems

    VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits
  • VPImodeDesigner™

    Analysis and optimization of straight anisotropic and bent isotropic optical waveguides and related devices

    VPImodeDesigner supports the analysis and optimization of integrated photonic waveguides and related devices. It implements fullvectorial and semi-vectorial finite-difference mode solvers with support of widely customizable non-uniform meshing and perfectly matched layer absorbing boundaries. Full integration with VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits allows translating waveguide cross-section definitions into model parameters of passive and active devices.

    • Facilitate advanced layout definitions and optimization tasks via powerful Python interface
    • Model straight waveguides made of dispersive anisotropic materials
    • Model bent waveguides made of dispersive isotropic/lossy materials
    • Verify cross-sections and analyze results using advanced visualization capabilities


Live Demonstrations

  • Photonic Integrated Circuits in InP and Silicon

  • Optical Fiber-Based Devices: Lasers, Amplifiers, Signal Processing

  • Linear Electric Circuits

  • 100Gb, 400Gb and beyond

  • Lab-proven DSP Algorithms

  • Aggregation, Optical Access and RF-over-Fiber

  • Transients and Dynamic Network Reconfiguration

  • Cost-optimized Equipment Configuration

Additional information required on a particular subject? Interested in discussing specific topics? Arrange a meeting with a member of the VPI R&D team. Please indicate your name, company, the issue you want to discuss and your availability during the conference.

Contributions to SPIE Photonic West 2016 Conference Program

Automated and comprehensive link engineering supporting branched, ring, and mesh network topologies

Poster session, Paper 9773-21 – Wed 17 Feb 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

J. Farina, D. Khomchenko, D. Yevseyenko, J. Meester, A. Richter

Abstract: Link design, while relatively easy in the past, can become quite cumbersome with complex channel plans and equipment configurations. The task of designing optical transport systems and selecting equipment is often performed by an applications or sales engineer using simple tools, such as custom Excel spreadsheets. Eventually, every individual has their own version of the spreadsheet as well as their own methodology for building the network. This approach becomes unmanageable very quickly and leads to mistakes, bending of the engineering rules and installations that do not perform as expected.
We demonstrate a comprehensive planning environment, which offers an efficient approach to unify, control and expedite the design process by controlling libraries of equipment and engineering methodologies, automating the process and providing the analysis tools necessary to predict system performance throughout the system and for all channels.
In addition to the placement of EDFAs and DCEs, performance analysis metrics are provided at every step of the way. Metrics that can be tracked include power, CD and OSNR, SPM, XPM, FWM and SBS. Automated routine steps assist in design aspects such as equalization, padding and gain setting for EDFAs, the placement of ROADMs and transceivers, and creating regeneration points. DWDM networks consisting of a large number of nodes and repeater huts, interconnected in linear, branched, mesh and ring network topologies, can be designed much faster when compared with conventional design methods. Using flexible templates for all major optical components, our technology-agnostic planning approach supports the constant advances in optical communications.