TowerJazz, Cadence Design Systems, Inc., and Lumerical Inc., announced the availability of a complete custom design Silicon Photonics (SiPho) and Silicon Germanium (SiGe) integrated process design kit (PDK). The differentiated PDK is based on the Cadence® Virtuoso® custom IC design platform, providing native synthesis using the Cadence CurvyCore engine and Electrical-Optical co-simulation capability in Lumerical’s photonic integrated circuit simulator INTERCONNECT. The complete, photonics-optimized solution provides SiPho designers with a single, streamlined design environment for developing complex multi-fabric systems, while enabling them to collaborate in a shared IC design environment to leverage the electro-optical interface that is critical for enabling 400GB optical transceivers.
Customers using the new TowerJazz PDK can now confidently synthesize non-Manhattan shaped photonics designs utilizing the Cadence CurvyCore technology, which allows to systematically manage curvilinear shapes within the Cadence Virtuoso design environment using its high-performance shape generation and manipulation infrastructure with dedicated SKILL API. Delivery of the new TowerJazz PDK encompasses the previously available Lumerical Compact Model Library (CML) to enable a proven, complete solution incorporating co-simulation utilizing industry tools.
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