VPIphotonics at SPIE Photonics West, 28 January - 2 February in San Francisco, USA

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


  • VPIphotonics and PhoeniX Software integrate solutions to enable rapid layout-aware circuit design of ASPICs

    VPIphotonics and PhoeniX Software in cooperation with LioniX International teamed up to develop a photonics Process Design Kit (PDK) supporting the seamless integration of circuit simulation and layout design of application-specific photonic integrated circuits (ASPICs) to be processed on LioniX Internationals TriPleX technology platform.

    VPItoolkit PDK LioniX represents a new pluggable library extension to VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits providing circuit-level simulation support of the PDK building blocks for the integrated optical waveguide technology TriPleX by LioniX International.

    Further information in our Press Release!

    Press Release LioniX

  • 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

  • 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


Technical Feature Presentations

Our modeling experts will provide a number of technical presentations on various design and analysis topics. Please find a short list below:

  • Optical waveguides and related devices
  • Large-scale and heterogeneous Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Fab-specific circuit designs and export to mask layout software
  • Optical amplifiers and sources based on single- or multimode fibers
  • Lab interfaces to bridge the gap between simulations and experiments
  • Lab-proven and modulation-format independent DSP algorithms
  • High-speed transmission systems with data rates of 400Gb and beyond
  • Spatial Division Multiplexing - technologies and transmission concepts
  • Aggregation, optical access and radio-over-fiber systems
  • Power transients and dynamic network reconfiguration
  • Simplified and comprehensive link engineering


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 Photonics West 2017 Conference Program

Rapid virtual prototyping of complex photonic integrated circuits using layout-aware schematic-driven design methodology

Session 2, Advanced Hybrid PICs, Paper 10107-8 – Tue 31 Jan 2017, 3:30pm to 5:50pm

S. Mingaleev, A. Richter, E. Sokolov, S. Savitski, A. Polatynski, J. Farina, I. Koltchanov

Abstract: We present our versatile simulation framework for the schematic-driven and layout-aware design of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) realizing a fast and user-friendly design flow for large-scale PICs comprising passive and active building blocks (BBs). We show how the seamless interaction of circuit simulation with photonic layout design tools allows to specify and utilize directly physical locations and orientations of BBs of standardized process design kits. We demonstrate how to combine graphical schematic capture and automated waveguide routing, and discuss by means of typical design applications how an optimized design flow can speed-up the virtual prototyping of complex PICs and optoelectronic applications.

Modeling and Design of DBR Fiber Lasers for Sensor Applications

Session 7, Electromagnetics I, Paper 10098-30 – Tue 31 Jan 2017, 3:30pm to 5:10pm

I. Koltchanov, A. Richter, J. Farina

Abstract: We present a modeling-based design technique addressing DBR fiber laser sensors which overcomes critical simulation challenges. We compare approaches simulating the cavity characteristics in frequency or time. We show that for an adequate description of the laser spectrum, modal and noise characteristics the time domain approach in combination with a dynamic fiber model is desirable. Stationary operation can be achieved after several thousand iterations where the laser shows a single-mode spectrum with linewidth in agreement to the quantum limit. Based on our model we show how the laser characteristics depend on the grating frequencies and can be used for sensor applications.

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