VPIphotonics at OFC, 11-15 March in San Diego (California), USA

OFC 2018

Come and meet our experts at Booth 4513!


  • New Version: 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™ v1.1

    Comprehensive Design of Waveguides and Fibers

    VPIphotonics announces release of greatly enhanced VPImodeDesigner Version – 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.

  • Live Demos: Rapid prototyping with foundry-specific photonic PDKs

    Pluggable toolkit extensions to versatile circuit simulation environment support MPW runs at Fraunhofer HHI, LioniX and SmartPhotonics

    VPIphotonics offers customized library extensions to VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits providing circuit-level support of a Process Design Kit (PDK) for various integrated photonics technologies (Indium Phosphide, Silicon, Silicon Nitride, Polymer) provided for instance by Fraunhofer HHI, SMART Photonics and LioniX International.

    VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits integrates with OptoDesigner by PhoeniX Software and IPKISS by Luceda via pluggable toolkit extensions. These interfaces enable the layout-aware schematic-driven design of photonic and optoelectronic integrated circuits allowing to combine graphical schematic capture and automated waveguide routing.

    VPItoolkit PDK OFC Demo
  • Networking: VPIphotonics Get-Together

    We cordially invite you to visit our booth 4513 for drinks and snacks on March 14th, 3:30pm!

  • Networking: VPIphotonics at PIC Workshop

    5th Workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits at OFC

    The PIC workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 from 5:45pm to 8:30pm, i.e. right after the conference and exhibition finish for that day. The workshop takes place in conjunction with OFC at the San Diego Convention Center in Room 29ABCD.

    With an increasing momentum for photonic integration and last year’s PIC workshop attracting over 378 attendees, this year will see the fifth workshop on photonic ICs at OFC. The PIC workshop is unique in the sense that it offers a material-independent one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to get started in photonic integration. The workshop is free of charge, but does require advance registration on the workshop website.

    VPIphotonics is sponsoring the workshop. Our experts are looking forward to meet you there!

    PIC Workshop

Live Product Demonstrations

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

Contributions to OFC 2018 Conference Program

Requirements for simulation-aided design of SDM systems

Mon, March 12, 6:00pm-6:30pm, paper M4B.6. (invited)

Abstract: We discuss general requirements and implementation options for an efficient simulation framework supporting the design of SDM systems, as well as aspects regarding the analysis, comparison and optimization of underlying technology and component options.

I.Koltchanov, S. Dris, A. Uvarov, A. Richter

Real-Time Carrier Phase Recovery for 16-QAM Utilizing the Nonlinear Least Squares Algorithm

Wed, March 14, 10:30am-12:30pm, paper W2A.49.

Abstract: NLS carrier phase recovery for 16-QAM is implemented real-time on a Virtex-7 FPGA and demonstrated at 36 GBd, operating on simulated and experimental data; 64 GBd operation is shown to be feasible in larger FPGAs.

C. Spatharakis ¹, K. Maragos ¹, G. Lentaris ¹, N. Argyris ¹, H.Avramopoulos ¹, D. Soudris ¹, S. Dris ², A. Richter ²
[1] National Technical University of Athens, Greece – [2] VPIphotonics GmbH, Germany

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.