Actives Silicon Photonics Workshop 2016

at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

In partnership with the University of British Columbia and the NSERC CREATE Silicon Electronic-Photonic Integrated Circuits (Si-EPIC) Program, CMC Microsystems is providing an opportunity for training in the design, fabrication and test of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) targeting IME's silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.

This technology enables both active and passive photonic devices to be monolithically integrated on the same chip. This training can be a stand-alone learning opportunity or combined with your research and/or development. Target applications include optical communications and sensors.

Mentor Graphics and Lumerical Solutions Inc. are supporting this course by providing preferred access arrangements to their tools for participants enrolled in this course (more information below).

Important:

  1. In order to obtain access to confidential technology information provided during the course, your organization is required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with CMC Microsystems. Please contact Kim Sandaluk (Kim.Sandaluk@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process prior to August 1, 2016.
  2. Because course participants will have access to other proprietary and confidential information during the course, each participant is required to sign an Access to Intellectual Property & Non-Disclosure Agreement. Participants should submit a signed agreement to Sarah Neville (Sarah.Neville@cmc.ca) prior to August 1, 2016.

Schedule

Date Time Location
August 8 to 12, 2016
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
McMaster University
Room ETB535
1280Main Street West
Hamilton, ON


Registration

Registration for the Active Silicon Photonics course is now open with the following options. To register, please click on the Registration button below.

Option Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
Description A three- or four-credit graduate course in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 5-day hands-on workshop at Mcmaster University. A year-long training in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 5-day hands-on workshop at Mcmaster University. A year-long training in the fundamentals of active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with a 5-day hands-on workshop at Mcmaster University. Workshop-only option: 5-day hands-on workshop at Mcmaster University, including access to CAD tools during the workshop and for two weeks following the workshop. Fabrication is not included.
Price
  • $1,000 discounted fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below).
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,400 tuition and fabrication fee (see Eligibility and Special Notes below)
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Standard Pricing: $8,000 tuition and fabrication fee
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • $3,000 tuition-only fee
Eligibility
  • This pricing option requires course registration for one of the following (see Special Notes):
    • UBC EECE 571Q (3 credits, one semester, design-only), or
    • Communication Systems (4 credits, two semesters, design and test)
  • Your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication.
  • This price option is available only to Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a Prototyping level subscription with CMC.
  • For students benefiting from the preferred pricing option, your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication.
This pricing option is available for any researcher that is not eligible for Options 1 and 2.
Special Notes Visiting students from institutions noted in Appendix A may register for UBC EECE 571Q

Prototyping subscribers and their students are also eligible to apply for Financial Assistance towards travel and accommodation costs (see more on getting a Subscription).











 









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Training Schedule

  • On-site workshop at McMaster: August 8 to 12, 2016
  • Design and modeling: August 15 to October 31, 2016
  • Design proposal deadline: October 15, 2016
  • Mask layout: November 1, 2016 to January 3, 2017
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, and on-line discussion forums
    • Design feedback provided
  • Design review: December 2016 (for students benefiting from discounted pricing, your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout is required before your design can proceed to fabrication)
  • Design submission (design report and final layout deadline): February 1, 2017
  • Device shipment date: July, 2017
  • Device testing and model validation: July to August, 2017.
  • Final report: September 2017

Technology Description

  • Silicon-on-insulator, 220-nm top Si film, 2000-nm buried oxide (BOX)
  • 193-nm deep UV lithography, enabling features down to approximately 150 nm
  • Supports design and fabrication of a range of components and systems consisting of:
    • modulators
    • detectors
    • waveguides (strip or ridge)
    • gratings for fiber coupling
    • deep trench and nano-tapers for edge coupling
    • multiplexers (diffraction or arrayed waveguide) and filters (resonators, Bragg gratings)
    • ring and disk resonators
  • Fabrication is carried out at IME in Singapore.

Course Details

Prerequisites

  • Completion of the Passive Silicon Nanophotonics Course or experienced with PIC design or permission from the instructors.
  • Laptop for on-site training, with the following requirements:
    • Operating system: Windows, Mac OSX, or Linux
    • Administrator access on laptop required to install software
    • Wireless internet
    • 3-button mouse required
    • We will use commercial Linux-based EDA (electronic design automation) tools for layout and verification; these will be accessed via remote desktop to Linux servers.
    • We recommend a relatively new computer (< 3 years old) so that the modelling software runs quickly.
    • We also recommend bringing your own license of Matlab, Octave or other mathematical modeling software.

Instruction Syllabus Summary

  • Fabrication processes and design kit
  • Device modeling (detectors, modulators, rings, MZI, PN & PIN junctions, thermal tuning, optical components, microwave design of electrodes)
    • CAD tools: Lumerical MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE
  • Layout & verification
    • CAD tools: Mentor Graphics Pyxis and Calibre
  • Testing and designing for testability

Access to Tools

  • From Mentor Graphics:
    • Mentor Graphics offers workshop attendees free access to Pyxis and Calibre:
      • During the workshop
      • Following the workshop, for the purpose of completing their course designs.
  • From Lumerical Solutions Inc.:
    • Lumerical offers all workshop attendees free access to their CAD tools (MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE) for one month.
    • After the first month, Lumerical makes short-term licenses available to workshop attendees in support of post-workshop objectives, under the following terms:
      • For participants from educational institutions: Participants that are full-time students or faculty members at accredited, degree-granting educational institutions can make a one-time request for an additional free three-month license for each applicable Lumerical product. Academic participants who have already requested their free three-month license may purchase short-term licenses to support post-workshop objectives.
      • All other participants: may purchase short-term licenses to support post-workshop objectives.
    • Post-workshop License Pricing is available upon request.

Accommodation

The Mary E. Keyes residence at McMaster University is available for August 7th check-in and August 12th check-out. You can register for 1 bedroom within the 4 bedroom suite for $62/night or purchase a full suite at a discounted rate of $195/night. Book your stay online.

Cancellations

Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.

Contact

If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact Jessica Zhang at zhang@cmc.ca.

Appendix A

Visiting students from the following universities have their UBC tuition fees waived:

  • Under the Western Dean’s Agreement:

    Alberta, Athabasca, Brandon, British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Calgary, Concordia University College of Alberta (different from the Concordia University at Montreal, QC), Lethbridge, Manitoba, Northern British Columbia, Regina, Royal Roads University, Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser, and Victoria

     

  • Under the Graduate Exchange Agreement:

    McGill University, University of Toronto, Université de Montréal