Belgium spin-off takes photonic IC design to the mainstream

September 16, 2014 // By Julien Happich
Imec's investment arm Fidimec and the Flemish spin-off investment fund SOFI I are investing EUR 340k in Founded last June, Luceda Photonics will use this financing to start commercialization of its photonics design software and to continue to invest in R&D for new product features.

The core of Luceda Photonics’ product offering is the IPKISS design framework, an open source parametric design environment for integrated photonics – It covers the complete photonic IC design flow from component design and simulation through circuit definition and layout, all the way to tape-out and testing.

Its state of the art component library builds on years of design experience gathered over more than 300 validated designs. Other highlights of the IPKISS environment include CAPHE, a circuit simulation tool for complex optical circuits and B-CALM, a GPU accelerated FDTD simulator.

The IPKISS framework was originally developed by UGent’s Photonics Research Group and imec’s associated lab at UGent, while the VUB’s B-PHOT team developed the B-CALM software.

“We want photonic IC designers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronics IC designers. The open nature of the IPKISS toolset permits the seamless integration of various third party or even in-house tools and measurement capabilities”, said in a statement Erwin De Baetselier, CEO of Luceda Photonics.

“Photonic ICs are on their way to become a mainstream industrial reality in the datacom, telecom and sensor markets. It is the right time now to bring this to the market. We are convinced that Luceda Photonics will have a substantial and lasting impact in this emerging industry” added Prof. Roel Baets, photonics professor at UGent and head of imec’s associated photonics lab at UGent.

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