Event

Training: Active Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course 2019

October 28 to November 1, 2019, at Laval University, Quebec City, QC

Building on the success of the NSERC SiEPIC program, CMC provides this training in partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Laval University.

This course trains students in the design, fabrication, and test of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) targeting the AMF Si Photonics technology, available through CMC Microsystems. It 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. 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 October 14, 2019.

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 October 21, 2019.

Schedule

Date Time Location
October 28 – November 1, 2019 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Room 3870
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045 Avenue de la Medecine
Quebec, QC G1V 0A6

Pricing and Registration

Option Description Price ¹Eligibility Registration
Option 1 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 Laval University.
  • $1,000 discounted fabrication fee (see the Eligibility¹ column and Special Note² below this table).
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • This pricing option requires course registration for one of the following (see Appendix A):
  • Your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout are required before your design can proceed to fabrication.
Option 2 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 Laval University.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,400 tuition and fabrication fee (see the Eligibility¹ column and Special Note² below this table)
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • This price option is available only to Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a subscription with CMC.
  • For students benefiting from the preferred pricing option, your faculty supervisor’s sign-off on the design report and mask layout are required before your design can proceed to fabrication.
Option 3 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 Laval University.
  • Standard pricing including tuition and fabrication fee
    • Industry: $8,000
    • Academic: $6,750
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • For Option 3 only: Discount available to companies registering multiple attendees for training. Contact us for details.
This pricing option is available for any researcher that is not eligible for Options 1 and 2.
Option 4 Workshop-only option: 5-day hands-on workshop, including access to CAD tools during the workshop and for two weeks following the workshop. Fabrication is not included. Standard pricing for a tuition-only fee:

  • Industry: $3,000
  • Academic: $1,750

²Special Note: Courtesy of CMC’s SponsorChip program, CMC will cover the travel expenses for CMC’s academics subscribers and their students. Please follow the travel guidelines Financial reimbursement towards travel and accommodation costs (Conditions apply. See more on reimbursement rules and getting a Subscription).

Design and Fabrication Schedule

  • On-site workshop at Laval University: October 28 – November 1st, 2019
  • Design, modeling and mask layout: November 2019 – March 2020
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, and on-line discussion forums
    • Design feedback provided
  • Design proposal deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Design review: February 2020 (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 (layout deadline): March 9, 2020
  • Device shipment date: September 2020: Device testing and model validation: September – October 2020
  • Final report: November 2020

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 AMF in Singapore.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of at least one of the following:
  • 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 modeling 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: Synopsis, Lumerical MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT and DEVICE
  • Layout & verification
    • CAD tools: K-layout, Mentor Graphics Pyxis and Calibre
  • Design for Test and design for fabrication

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

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City on the Université Laval campus, the on-campus housing services offers practical, economical, and safe, short-term accommodation. The Convention and Conference Package offers a convenient and affordable alternative for workshop participants. Only a few steps from the campus buildings, the four residences are also just five kilometers from downtown Quebec City accessible by city bus (Metrobus 800 or 801)!

Superior University Room (private bathroom)
These rooms are equipped with a bathroom, a Queen bed, a TV, a microwave oven, refrigerator and telephone. They usually have all the amenities offered by hotels (bed linen and towels, shampoo and soap). Parking is included as well as free wireless internet access and free local calls.

Rates :  $92 + taxes in single occupancy or double occupancy.

To find more information about this service, go to
https://www.residences.ulaval.ca/en/short-term-accommodations/short-term-accommodations-rooms/

To reserve, click on the link below, then click on Go to reservation form and select CMC Microsystems Workshop – Event  #310676 from the drop-down menu:
https://www.residences.ulaval.ca/en/short-term-accommodations/conventions-and-conferences/

For further information, contact the U. Laval Residences directly at 418-656-5632 or by email at hebergement@sres.ulaval.ca and mention the name of the event.

Contact

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

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.

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, PQ), 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
  • Visiting students from Quebec universities can have their Laval tuition fees waived under CREPUQ.

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