VPIphotonics at ECOC, 23-27 September in Rome (Italy)

ECOC 2018

Come and meet our experts at Booth 302!


  • VPIphotonics Design Suite™ v9.9

    Design Photonic Components and Compare Transmission Technologies

    VPIphotonics Design Suite accelerates the design of new photonic systems and subsystems for short-range, access, metro and long-haul optical transmission systems. Further, it supports assessment of technology upgrade and component substitution strategies that are to be developed for existing fiber plants. Highlights supported by the new version 9.9:

    • Explore and compare technologies for fiber-optics and integrated photonics
    • Evaluate transmission system concepts, component and signal processing limitations
    • Control lab equipment, virtualize component functions, and automate testing

    For more details about the enhancements in the new version 9.9 please click here!

    VPIphotonics Design Suite v9.9


  • New Version: VPImodeDesigner™ v1.5

    Comprehensive Design of Waveguides and Fibers

    We demonstrate the greatly enhanced new version of VPImodeDesigner – the powerful software design tool for the analysis and optimization of integrated photonic waveguides and optical fibers.

    The new version provides new finite-difference mode solvers, enabling efficient modeling of plasmonic waveguides and accurate treatment of electric field singularities near sharp corners of high-index-contrast and plasmonic waveguides. It offers improved automated calculation of dispersive waveguide and fiber properties for degenerate and highly dispersive modes near cut-off wavelengths, and new advanced field operations with enhanced usability.

    This version of VPImodeDesigner can be seamlessly integrated with VPIComponentMaker Photonic Circuits v9.9, our powerful circuit-level simulator of integrated photonics.

    VPImodeDesigner v1.5


  • Updated VPItoolkit supporting the SMART Photonics PDK with export to multiple layout tools

    Flexible and fast schematic-driven design of photonic integrated circuits

    VPIphotonics announces release of an updated VPItoolkit supporting the SMART Photonics Process Design Kit (PDK), which seamlessly integrates Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) simulation and automated mask layout extraction.

    The free and open-source Nazca Design developed by BRIGHT Photonics framework is now fully supported for the generation of verified PICs layouts to be submitted and processed in terms of Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) runs on SMART Photonics' Indium Phosphide technology platform. Similar mask export capabilities with OptoDesigner developed by PhoeniX Software (part of Synopsys) have already been introduced earlier.

    Click here for the Press Release!

    VPItoolkit PDK SMART v1.4


  • Live Demonstration – SENDATE Trial Advances SDN-Enabled Interworking

    Celtic-Plus Project SENDATE Simplifies Operations of Open Optical Networks

    SENDATE, the Celtic-Plus flagship project for secure networking of data centers in Europe, successfully completed an industry-first multi-vendor SDN field trial. It featured real-time planning of transparent high-speed services across a disaggregated, multi-domain optical network.

    Conducted this month in the Telia Company R&D lab in Stockholm with live connectivity to production network fibers, the multi-vendor and multi-domain field trial highlighted the importance of open ecosystem collaboration. Such a multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential to progressing SDN interoperability, ultimately driving innovation and realizing the real-world value of technological advances.

    Click here for the Press Release!

    SENDATE SDN Field Trial


  • Lab Automation Hackathon

    September 25, 13:30 – 15:00 – Room Lustina

    Have you ever wanted to automate your lab, get better/quicker at processing your data, make beautiful plots and figures and at the same time meet a bunch of cool scientists? Well, you are in luck!
    This hackathon provides 8 demos for various common lab automation tasks, ranging from simple remote control of optical instrumentation, data processing and photonic design simulations, all the way to full lab automation. Students, professionals of all levels are welcome to learn and share their secret tips and tricks developed over the years.

    Come and attend our live demonstrations of Python-enabled advanced functionalities in VPIphotonics Design Suite. Among others, custom component modeling, simulation controlling scripts, and sensitivity analysis will be illustrated.

    Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will be plenty of time for mingling and discussion. Food and drinks sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society.

  • Networking: VPIphotonics Get-Together

    We cordially invite you to visit our booth 302 for drinks and snacks on September 25th, 3:30pm!

  • International Symposium on Hybrid PICs at ECOC 2018

    September 26, 2018 – Fiera Roma (Room SC2)

    Hybrid photonic integration enables the development of high-performance components that are complex and cost-effective at the same time. This symposium covers the complete process chain from materials via simulation and fabrication to the final assembly and showcases applications of hybrid PICs in communications and analytics.

    Our contribution – Presentation by Dr. André Richter:
    "The Role of Circuit Simulations for the Design of Hybrid PICs"

    For more details please see this flyer. No attendance fee will be charged but please register. You can only enter with an ECOC badge.


Live Product Demonstrations

Set up an appointment with one of our experts for a customized presentation.

Professional Services and R&D Activities

Learn more about VPI's Consulting and R&D activities! Contact us for custom design services, and training seminars on modern technologies and their adequate modeling.

VPIphotonics partners with public research institutes, industry and universities to develop advanced solutions for the design and optimization of future photonic networks. These activities range from component design to network planning.


  • SENDATE-FICUS - Secure networking for a data center cloud in Europe –
    Flexible infrastructure for data center communication providing unique security

    VPIphotonics teams up with Coriant and academic partners in the framework of the Celtic-Plus project SENDATE-FICUS.

    The purpose of this project is the development of new technologies enabling the transition from today's networks to robust, efficient, secure and re-configurable converged communication networks.


  • QAMeleon - Sliceable multi-QAM format SDN-powered transponders and ROADMs Enabling Elastic Optical Networks

    VPIphotonics' core technical contribution to the project will be in work package "Component and System Specifications and Requirements". The team will participate in formulating the project's use-cases, network requirements and performance indicators, defining the system and component specifications, as well as take an active role in the development of the TRx DSP algorithms that are central to the QAMeleon's technological objectives. VPI leads a task where system and component modeling and simulation takes place.

    The work that will be carried out here will constitute the first verification of the project's proposed system concepts. Heavy interaction with work packages related to components fabrication will take place to aid the design and development cycle, and ensure that performance targets are met. Furthermore, VPI will also actively support the experimental verification effort, contributing with researchers, as well as its commercial lab automation software (VPIlabExpert), in the laboratory and field trial validations of the developed technology.


  • PolyPhotonics Berlin - Optical Components from Plastic

    VPIphotonics teams up with regional enterprises and research institutes in frame of PolyPhotonics Berlin, an R&D project co-financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The PolyPhotonics Berlin consortium targets to establish a new versatile polymer based integration platform combined with Indium-Phosphide and thin-film filter technologies for numerous photonics applications in the global communications and sensing market.

    VPIs role in this initiative is to develop a toolbox of simulation models representing libraries of photonic and optoelectronic building blocks. This toolbox may serve as basis for project partners and external users when designing and verifying complex photonic components and integrated circuits that are to be manufactured by the PolyPhotonics Berlin consortium.