VPIphotonics Design Suite™ v10.1
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.
Version 10.1 offers advances in simulation and design capabilities for applications using Forward Error Correction (FEC), Digital Signal Processing (DSP), PAM4 modulation, multimode VCSELs, integrated optical modulators and more.
For more details about the enhancements in the new version 10.1 please click here!
VPItoolkit™ QKD v1.5 – New add-on to VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems
Professional design environment for classical and quantum key distribution (QKD) technology
VPIphotonics announces the release of VPItoolkit QKD version 1.5, an add-on to VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems offering module libraries for system-level simulations of discrete variable (DV) and continuous variable (CV) QKD scenarios.
The toolkit provides modules for QKD transmitters and receivers, parameter and secret key rate estimation, and a number of application examples.
Typical application scenarios:
VPItoolkit™ DSP Library v4.0
Tx- and Rx-side Digital Signal Processing algorithms for coherent optical transmission systems
VPIphotonics presents the new version 4.0 of the VPItoolkit DSP Library, a powerful set of digital signal processing algorithms developed by the Photonic Networks and Systems department at Fraunhofer HHI.
New features include:
VPItoolkit™ PDK <foundry>
Foundry-specific building block libraries for circuit-level simulations
VPIphotonics offers consulting services for creating 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). These pluggable toolkits support a cost-effective generic foundry approach for application-specific photonic integrated circuits (ASPICs) design.
We currently support PDKs for foundries operated by:
Intermediate and final circuit design solutions can be exported automatically to
PhoeniX OptoDesigner by Synopsys,
IPKISS by Luceda Photonics or
Nazca Design to fit the layout to the die package, add proper electrical wire routing, perform
design-rule-check (DRC) verification, and generate a GDS mask for circuit fabrication.
Lab Automation Hackathon
Sunday, 08 March, 20:00 - 22:00, Room 17
Come and attend our live demonstrations at Lab Automation Hackathon during OFC 2020. Our experts will demonstrate Python-powered advanced functionalities in VPIphotonics Design Suite including simulation controlling scripts, automatic optimization and sensitivity analysis, custom components modeling and caching of simulation data.
Bring a laptop to participate in the exercise. There will also be plenty of time for mingling and discussion. Light food and drink will be served.
For more information and registration click here!
Lab work is most efficient when data can be acquired in an automated way. Especially when taking measurements over long durations automated acquisition avoids introducing human error and allows researchers to concentrate on the fun part of experimental work. Open source software in easy to learn languages such as Python provides just as much, or more features/interoperability for lab automation than alternative commercial software. The hackathon format will consist of interactive demos and challenges in addition to a short introduction. Researchers with 10+ years' experience of lab automation will show you the power of using Python to quickly get a lab experiment running and display the measurements in a web browser or GUI. We will learn from companies work in photonics how they take advantage of Python to create easy interfaces to their software and hardware.
Networking: VPIphotonics at 7th workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits
Wednesday, 11 March, 17:15 - 20:30, Room 29ABCD
The PIC Workshop will be held on Wednesday March 6, 2019 from 5:15pm to 8:30pm, i.e. right after the conference and exhibition end for that day. The workshop takes place as part of the OFC conference and is held in Room 29ABCD of the San Diego Convention Center.
The workshop is free of charge, but does require advance registration! Food and drinks will be provided and there is plenty of opportunity to network and interact with PIC service providers.
With an increasing momentum in photonic integration and last year's OFC PIC Workshop attracting well over 350 attendees, this year will feature the seventh workshop on Photonic Integrated Circuits at OFC. The workshop is unique in the sense that it offers a material-independent one-stop-shop for anyone interested in or wanting to get started in photonic integration.
Our modeling experts will provide a number of technical presentations on various design and analysis topics.
Please find a short list below:
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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.
InPulse - Indium-Phosphide Pilot Line for up-scaled scaled, low-barrier, self-sustained, PIC ecosystem
InPulse Pilot Line is an EU funded project that democratizes access to industrial prototyping and pre-production of high-performance InP photonic integrated circuits (PIC).
InPulse provides a low entry barrier access to low and medium production volumes of InP PICs.
InPulse has the ambition to transform business practices from vertical integration – where design, fabrication and product development are all in-house and inaccessible to new entrants, to horizontal where fabless and lab less businesses share the same manufacturing infrastructure.
WON - European Training Network – Wideband Optical Networks
The project WON is a doctoral-level training network funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Action.
WON goal is to train a new generation of research engineers is being achieved thanks to a doctoral level training network that will benefit from challenging interactions between industry and academia.
Solutions identified within WON will enable full exploitation of the total capacity of optical fibres to sustain efficiently the Internet traffic growth and to overcome a possible traffic-crunch. A special focus of the research is dedicated to developing novel digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms to increase the overall system performance. WON provides cost effective and realistic solutions to current bandwidth saturation, which is progressively impairing already deployed networks.
OptiCON - Optimized capacity in optical networks
OptiCON is a new R&D project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
OptiCON aims to considerably boost the capacity of optical metro and core networks.
In particular, OptiCON's goals include expansion of mobile applications at and beyond 5G, leveraging unused optical spectrum and developing new fiber types, novel transmission schemes, and advanced monitoring and SDN control.
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.
EU Quantum Flagship Project UNIQORN - advances the next generation of quantum communication systems
The multidisciplinary project UNIQORN will develop under the participation of VPIphotonics quantum technology for the mass market. Quantum communication systems, mostly found in research laboratories, will be squeezed into small and reliable photonic integrated circuits.
By carefully laying out each element along the development chain from fabrication to application, the Horizon 2020 project will not only reduce size and cost, but will also bring improvements in terms of robustness and reproducibility.
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.