Addressing The Challenges Of Photonic IC Design Via An Integrated Electronic/Photonic Design Automation Environment

High bandwidth, low power and small form factors using traditional CMOS fabrication make this an attractive future option.


Photonics—the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting light—is transitioning quickly into mainstream electronic designs. Photonic IC (PIC) design does, however, come with some unique challenges in areas including layout, error checking, and circuit modeling. While electronic designers would have expertise in using a traditional electronic design automation (EDA) flow, standard EDA flows simply aren’t equipped to accommodate the integration of photonics circuits and components into their electronic counterparts reliably or effectively. In this paper, we examine how a new integrated electronic/photonic design automation (EPDA) environment solves these challenges, supporting first-time-right designs with a high level of design productivity.

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