VPItoolkit™ PDK Infinera

VPItoolkit PDK Infinera is a pluggable toolkit which extends VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits by adding support of the Process Design Kit (PDK) building blocks for the InP-based PIC foundry process offered by Infinera.


VPIphotonics and Infinera collaborated to develop compact models for the PDK building blocks based on the characterization data of the individual devices and the test measurements of fabricated chips.


The foundry capability was developed in collaboration with AIM Photonics and the US Department of Defense. This ensures that each building block is represented by an adequate simulation model with only a few parameters to control.


A designer can rapidly prototype application-specific photonic integrated circuits with prerequisite functionality without going deep into the details of device layout and fabrication process.


Once the design is completed and optimized, the schematic can be exported to netlist and passed to Infinera's InP foundry for physical layout implementation, careful verification and fabrication.


All the building blocks available in VPItoolkit PDK Infinera can be used alongside with a broad set of standard modules and instrumentation available in VPIphotonics Design Suite, especially VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits (circuit-level design and analysis) and VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems (system-level evaluation).

VPItoolkit PDK Infinera - BBs list

Overview of building blocks available in VPItoolkit PDK Infinera


Design example: 16-QAM over 10km SMF

16-QAM signal transmission over 10km standard single-mode fiber: design example in VPIphotonics Design Suite created using Infinera PDK building blocks.