Design Flow Automation for Silicon Photonics: Challenges, Collaboration, and Standardization

  • Mitchell Heins
  • Chris Cone
  • John Ferguson
  • Ruping Cao
  • James Pond
  • Jackson Klein
  • Twan Korthorst
  • Arjen Bakker
  • Remco Stoffer
  • Martin Fiers
  • Amit Khanna
  • Wim Bogaerts
  • Pieter Dumon
  • Kevin Nesmith
Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 122)


Silicon photonics is nothing new. It has been around for decades, but in recent years, it has gained traction as electronic design challenges increase drastically with their atomic-level limitations. Silicon photonics has made significant advancements during this period, but there are many obstacles without an acceptable level of comfort as seen by the lack of semiconductor community involvement. Apart from a series of technological barriers, such as extreme fabrication sensitivity, inefficient light generation on-chip, etc., there are also certain design challenges. In this chapter, we will discuss the challenges and the opportunities in photonic integrated circuit design software tools, examine existing design flows for photonics design and how these fit different design styles, and review the activities in collaboration and standardization efforts to improve design flows.


Circuit Design Design Flow Compact Model Fabrication Facility Integrate Circuit Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell Heins
    • 1
  • Chris Cone
    • 1
  • John Ferguson
    • 1
  • Ruping Cao
    • 2
  • James Pond
    • 3
  • Jackson Klein
    • 3
  • Twan Korthorst
    • 4
  • Arjen Bakker
    • 4
  • Remco Stoffer
    • 4
  • Martin Fiers
    • 5
  • Amit Khanna
    • 6
  • Wim Bogaerts
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Pieter Dumon
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Kevin Nesmith
    • 8
    • 9
  1. 1.Mentor Graphics Corp.WilsonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Mentor Graphics Corp.Meudon La ForêtFrance
  3. 3.Lumerical Solutions, Inc.VancouverCanada
  4. 4.PhoeniX SoftwareEnschedeThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Luceda PhotonicsDendermondeBelgium
  6. 6.IMECHeverleeBelgium
  7. 7.Ghent University-IMEC, INTEC-DepartmentGhentBelgium
  8. 8.Unified Research, Academic, & Production InstituteAustinUSA
  9. 9.Engineering Design, Development, & Research SoftwareAustinUSA

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