Application Examples

  • Design of Simple Passive Photonic Circuits

    Trilogy PAM-4 Transmitter – Part 1:
    Schematic creation, parameter editing, sweeps and optimization

    In the first episode of our video trilogy, we demonstrate how to use VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits as part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™ to simulate a PAM-4 transmitter. We cover the main software functionality and guide you through a design of a simple Mach-Zehnder modulator. Moreover, we create schematic parameters, perform a parameter sweep, and optimize the design.

  • Design of Hierarchical Photonic Circuits

    Trilogy PAM-4 Transmitter – Part 2:
    Hierarchical structures with galaxies, parameter expressions and scripts

    In the second episode, we create a dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator to serve as a basis for a final design of the PAM-4 transmitter, using VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits as part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™. We demonstrate how to make a hierarchical design with the help of the regular galaxies, add galaxy parameters, and define them using mathematical and Python expressions as well as initialization scripts in parameter settings.

  • Design of Active and Hybrid Photonic Circuits

    Trilogy PAM-4 Transmitter – Part 3:
    Simulation domains, multiple runs and visualization

    In the third episode, we finalize our design of the PAM-4 transmitter, using VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits as part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™. We discuss time domain and hybrid time-and-frequency domain simulations, resolve deadlock issues, carry out simulations with multiple runs, and visualize an eye diagram of our transmitter.

  • DMT Transmission using LabExpert and Tektronix AWG & Scope

    Laboratory experiments made easy:
    How to validate simulation results in your lab and to make the best of automated simulation

    In this video, we show how to use VPIlabExpert™ as part of our VPIphotonics Design Suite™ to transmit a discrete multitone (DMT, real-valued OFDM) signal through a real link accessing lab equipment like a Tektronix 70000 series AWG and a Tektronix DPO70000SX oscilloscope here. We further demonstrate how you can perform bit-and-power loading by controlling schematic runs with a Python script to increase the system capacity while ensuring a minimum performance metric for all the subcarriers.

  • Nonlinearity Mitigation - Twin Waves

    Nonlinear Noise Cancellation Using Phase-Conjugated Twin Waves:
    How to combat Kerr induced distortions

    Ksenia Goroshko, an optical engineer at VPIphotonics, explains how to mitigate fiber nonlinearities using the twin waves technique. She demonstrates the power of this method by running an exemplary schematic in the simulation software VPIphotonics Design Suite™ for different parameter settings.

  • 400G Transceiver Design

    Next-generation high-speed transceivers:
    Solving the dilemma of more capacity and less cost

    VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems accelerates the design of new photonic systems and subsystems for short-range, access, metro and long-haul optical transmission systems and allows technology upgrade and component substitution strategies to be developed for existing fiber plants.

  • Design of Complex Photonic Integrated Circuits

    Versatility in modeling and optimization of PICs

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

  • PIC design with VPItoolkit PDK and PhoeniX Software

    Connectivity for design flow and manufacturing automation

    See the video below for more details about how to export a circuit designed with VPItoolkit™ PDK HHI into PhoeniX OptoDesigner.


  • Parameter Watch

    Make parameter expression creation a breeze

    Denis Kruchkov, the development leader at VPIphotonics, explains how to use the Parameter Watch functionality of VPIphotonics Design Suite™to simplify the task of validating parameter values of complex expressions. The feature is useful for debugging and optimizing designs.


Conference and Seminar Recordings

  • Scalable design of integrated photonic and optoelectronic circuits

    Talk from Dr. André Richter at PIC International Conference on 10th April 2018 in Brussels

    Efficient and convenient solutions for electronic photonic design automation (EPDA) present fundamental prerequisites for the fast and innovative development of next-generation integrated photonic and optoelectronic circuits. In the talk held at PIC International 2018 in Brussels (Belgium) we demonstrated how a layout-aware schematic-driven methodology enables the rapid prototyping of new design concepts, including parameter optimization of photonic and electronic parts, analysis of manufacturing tolerances, and comparison of technology and integration alternatives to highlight progress in this area.

  • Mastering challenges

    Interview with Jim Farina at NGON US 2016

    The NGON US team interviewed Jim Farina, director of technical services at VPIphotonics™ – he spoke about VPIphotonics, the key challenges the company is currently facing, his opinion on the state of the North American market, and also the importance of events like Next Generation Optical Networking for the industry as a whole.

  • eSeminar with CST and VPIphotonics

    Design Optimization and Sensitivity Analysis of Photonic Integrated Circuits using Physical and Circuit-Level Simulations

    The use of highly-integrated photonic circuits (PICs) is on the rise, and this trend is expected to accelerate in the future.
    The design of these complex circuits involves multiple steps, starting at the component level and continuing up to the circuit level. Due to this hierarchical structure, small variations at the component level resulting from fabrication tolerances can have a significant influence on the overall circuit performance.
    This eSeminar focuses on two software packages, which combine advanced simulation of passive photonic, active optoelectronic and hybrid photonic integrated circuits and systems with highly accurate full-wave 3D photonic and multiphysics simulation.
    We will demonstrate how using VPIphotonics Design Suite and CST Studio Suite together enables engineers designing PICs to automate combined circuit level and full wave simulation. This allows the study of the effect of small variations in the components on the overall circuit, meaning that the engineer can increase yield and reliability by making the circuit resilient to such effects.

  • Layout Aware Schematic Driven Design Methodology for PICs

    Talk from Dr. André Richter at ECIO in May 2016 in Warsaw

    Fast and accurate circuit-level modeling:
    A new scalable simulation approach

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