Optics and photonics technologies are strategic to the overall growth of many industry sectors in Canada; the pervasive nature of these enabling technologies results in novel applications covering numerous fields. To respond to the increasing needs of the industry and population, researchers in optics and photonics from all over the world are developing new capabilities, knowledge and products by transforming research outcomes into innovation with socio-economic impact.
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Photonic theory design and simulation - BLOC 3
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Designing Photonics Functionalities into a Multi-Project Wafer Platform
Main Author: Jessica Zhang Organization: CMC Microsystems, Canada
Integrated Photonics applications are considered sophisticated not only at their physical models but also at their high sensitivity to fabrication. Successful industries have been based primarily on vertically integrated fabrication model where designs and key process steps are carried out within an organization. As the result, high entrance cost prevents smart designs from prototyping and commercialization. The generic foundry approach, which is not new for microelectronics, has been investigated in recent decade, first on the silicon photonics platform and later on compound semiconductors. Multi-project wafer (MPW) services from foundries enable fabless prototyping in an affordable cost, enriching the applications of photonics ICs. However, as a remote designer to MPW runs, you do not have control on any fabrication aspect of the design. Many preliminary questions arise up in front. This talk will provide some guidelines to designers through real examples. We will review the technology landscape of MPW accesses; suggest methods to identify the best platform; advice key aspects of design to level the technology diversities and provide best practices to mask layout.
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