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ePIXfab can bring you in contact with more than 50 experts in the field of silicon photonics. The portfolio of their expertise includes silicon photonics design, fabrication, testing and packaging. These experts can guide you on your innovations in the field of datacom, telecom, microwave photonics, medical diagnostics, sensing and spectroscopy, space applications, quantum computing, and many more.

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There are various aspects of designing a silicon photonic IC. The design flow for silicon photonics, which translates your PIC innovation into a working prototype includes:

  • A physical-level component simulation through mode solver, eigenmode expansion, finite difference time domain, finite element method to design components (basic building blocks) such as waveguides, couplers, splitters, grating couplers, heaters, directional couplers, phase shifters, etc. Physical-level simulation providers the detailed physical behavior of component with respect to its ability to generate, modify, transmit, and detect light. It requires multiple rigorous/semi-rigorous algorithms to describe and simulate the innumerable variety of photonic components. It may consider full 3D spatial behavior of the EM field and/or electrical device characteristics, as well as the temporal aspects. Read more HERE.
  • circuit-level simulation models interaction of device components (building blocks) on a photonic chip (e.g. bi-directionality or feedback). Circuit-level simulations are performed by describing the building blocks in terms of their functionality through a model.  Circuit-level simulation is fast and can be performed for simple circuits like Mach-Zehnder interferometer comprising a few building blocks or high-radix switch that can comprise 100s of building blocks. Read more HERE.
  • system-level simulation deals with how a collection of discrete components function together to form a system for the transmission of information. A system-level simulation includes electronic, photonic, thermal, and mechanical aspects of the system.
  • design layout deals with the translation from a circuit description to a physical description (mask design) that can be fabricated in a fab. The design layout has to be conformal with the fab. process and rules, packaging process, and testing setup. Read more HERE