Active Silicon Photonics Fabrication Workshop 2024

May 20 to 24, 2024, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

Sponsored by


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In partnership with the SiEPIC Program and our professors from Laval, UBC, Toronto, McGill, and Queen’s Universities, CMC Microsystems is offering this legendary Silicon photonics workshop in person at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, from May 20 to 24, 2024.

The workshop will teach participants how to design, simulate, fabricate, and test photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The design of participants will be fabricated by AMF Si Photonics technology available through CMC Microsystems.

Siemens and Lumerical (now part of the Ansys family) support this course by providing access arrangements to their tools and services for participants (more information below).

Important Notes

  1. You will be required to complete export control questionnaires for chip fabrication. Contact Sarah Neville (Neville@cmc.ca) to get a copy of the questionnaires.
  2. To obtain access to confidential technology information provided during the course, your organization must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with CMC for AMF access. Please contact Jessica Zhang (Zhang@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process before May 6, 2024.
  3. Workshop participants will have access to other proprietary and confidential information during the course, each participant must sign an Access to Intellectual Property & Non-Disclosure Agreement. Participants should submit a signed agreement to Sarah Neville (Neville@cmc.ca) before May 13, 2024.
  4. The registration deadline is May 15, 2024, at 12 AM.


Completion of the Passive Silicon Nanophotonic course, experience with PIC design, or permission from the instructors.


May 20 to 24, 2024Workshop9:00 am to 5:00 pm PTMacLeod Building, room 3018
2356 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

Registration Options

Workshop and Fabrication

A year-long training in active silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication, and testing.
The registration fee includes

  • a 5-day in-person workshop,
  • a three-month license to CAD/simulation tools [1],
  • chip fabrication areas [2] on the AMF fabrication run aggregated by CMC, and
  • year-long access to the pre-recorded materials, plus CMC engineering support until the tape-out.

Students from Canadian Universities can earn credits [3] by registering and completing the graduate courses offered by:

  • Laval University GEL 7070 or GEL 7071
  • Queen’s University PHYS 982
  • UBC ELEC585
  • The University of Toronto ECE1460H

Workshop Only

The registration fee includes

  • a 5-day in-person workshop,
  • a three-month license to CAD/simulation tools, and
  • year-long access to the pre-recorded material.

Chip fabrication is not included.


  1. Siemens license imposes access restrictions on non-academic participants. Lumerical license may impose access restrictions on non-Canadian participants. Contact Jessica Zhang at zhang@cmc.ca for updates and details.
  2. The registration fee covers a 1.5 square millimeter design area. Participants can increase design space, subject to its availability, by paying to fab at a discount rate. Contact Jessica Zhang at zhang@cmc.ca for details.
  3. Students from the universities in Quebec and Ontario can be credited by applying for the graduate exchange program at Laval University (contact professor Shi at wei.shi@gel.ulaval.ca) and Queen’s University (contact professor Shastri at shastri@queensu.ca), respectively.

Pricing and Registration

The registration deadline is May 15, 2024, at 12 AM.

OptionCMC subscriber

CMC memberGeneralRegistration
Workshop + Fab$1,500.00$5,500.00$7,000.00*
Workshop only (No fab) $3,000.00$5,000.00
* A discounted price is available for multiple registrations from the same organization.  Contact Jessica Zhang for details.

Training Schedule

  • Online pre-recorded video lectures, tutorials, and activities (passives, introduction to actives). The material will be available throughout the year. The link to the material will be provided after the registration is confirmed.
  • In-person workshop: May 20 to 24, 2024
  • Design, simulation, and mask layout: June to October 2024
    • Access to CAD tools, tutorials, and online discussion forums
    • Design feedbacks
  • AMF design proposal deadline: September 13, 2024
  • AMF design submission (layout deadline): October 15, 2024
  • AMF chip shipment date: May 2025
  • Chip testing and model validation: June to August 2025
  • Final report: August 2025

Technology Description

AMF Technology

  • Silicon-on-insulator, 220-nm top Si film, 3000-nm buried oxide (BOX)
  • 193-nm UV lithography, enabling features down to 120 nm
  • Supports design and fabrication of a range of components and systems consisting of:
    • modulators
    • detectors
    • waveguides (strip or ridge)
    • gratings for fibre 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.

Course Details

Instruction Syllabus Summary

  • Fabrication processes and design kits
  • Device modelling (detectors, modulators, rings, MZI, PN & PIN junctions, thermal tuning, optical components, microwave design of electrodes)
  • Layout & verification
  • Design for Test and design for fabrication

Access to Tools

  • From Siemens:
    • Siemens offers workshop attendees from academic institutions free access to Tanner and Calibre during the workshop and following the workshop, for the purpose of completing their course designs.
  • From Ansys Lumerical:
    • Lumerical offers participants a free workshop license during the workshop and following the workshop for the purpose of completing their designs. Conditions may apply to students outside of Canada.
  • Participants who are located outside of Canada may require their own license for the Ansys Lumerical tools.

Travel and Accommodations

Participants make their arrangements for travel and accommodations. The in-campus accommodations can be found on this site:


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


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.

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