SMART Photonics, Lumerical make available compact model library

SMART Photonics has announced the availability of a new compact model library (CML) for its InP integrated photonics platform and the associated PDK, resulting from a close collaboration with Lumerical, the company said.

The CML enables circuit designers to reliably model behavior and performance of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) within Lumerical´s photonic integrated circuit simulator, INTERCONNECT, reducing costly design errors and dramatically accelerating time-to-market. Combined with SMART Photonics´ frequent MPW shuttle run, this provides designers with an excellent platform to prototype and refine new circuit designs quickly and efficiently.

The new CML contains more than twenty-five parametrized compact models, which have been carefully calibrated with a combination of experimental data, provided by SMART, and high-accuracy 3D physical simulations using Lumerical´s industry-leading suite of component-level modeling tools. The library includes passive and active devices, such as phase modulators, amplifiers and photodetectors, providing an extensive and flexible set of building blocks for creating complex PIC designs.

Each model in the library enables both frequency- and time-domain circuit simulation, equipping designers with a complete set of analysis tools to design PICs for any application.

Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands as of 2012, SMART Photonics is trusted by the world´s companies, because of its proven track record in InP research, development and production. SMART Photonics is an independent pure-play foundry, which means they only make products using designs from their customers and there is no conflict of interest in the market.

Lumerical develops photonic simulation software — tools which enable product designers to understand light, and predict how it behaves within complex structures, circuits, and systems. Since being founded in 2003, Lumerical has grown to license its design tools in over 50 countries.