Training: Silicon Photonics Design Automation Flow with Luceda-Tanner-AMF PDK

at Quebec City, QC, Canada

This course covers silicon photonics design automation flow with AMF technology, which is in an integrated Luceda and Tanner CAD tool design environment: from system-level schematic design to simulation, layout creation and verification.

In this two-day training, the following CAD tools and features will be used:

  • Luceda’s IPKISS.eda (including Caphe simulator);
  • Mentor Graphics Tanner S-Edit, SDL, and L-Edit
  • Mentor Graphics Calibre DRC and verification

This course covers these topics:

  • Introduction and hands-on exercise to create a silicon photonics design
  • Component design in IPKISS: photonics component design based on IPKISS' PICAZZO library component; photonics component design from scratch; preparing component model for circuit simulation.
  • Circuit design in IPKISS.eda: schematic design in S-Edit; circuit simulation with Caphe; schematic-driven layout (SDL) and layout design in L-Edit.
  • Physical verification: DRC and/or LVS
  • Design example is based on AMF PDK including library cells.
  • Demo of advanced features including integration with third party tool for FDTD, packaging, multiphysics modelling etc.

Target Attendees

The prime target attendees are the ones that are interested in providing training and/or support to other users in their institutions. To be eligible as a trainer you must:

  • Be a faculty, student, or research staff from a Canadian Academic Institution.
  • Agree to be identified and act as the designated trainer for their research group. For more information, see the Trainer Requirements.
  • Have a subscription withy CMC.

Registration is open to academics and industrial participation.

Note: Participant's organization must sign an NDA for access to AMF's silicon photonics technology, if they have not already done so.


Date Time Location
May 23 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Room 1168
Optics & Photonics Pavilion
Université Laval (View Campus Map)

May 24
8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Pricing and Registration

Attendee Group Price Registration
Trainer: See the Trainer Requirements. $100

Academic with Subscription $300
Industry/List Price

Equipment Requirement

You need bring a laptop computer with the following features, which are required for on-site training:

  • 64-bit computer (A 32-bit computer will NOT work.)
  • Operating system: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 only, no Mac or OSX.
  • Minimum of 2 GB of RAM is required, 4 GB or more is recommended.
  • Free disk space must be more than 4 Gbits.
  • Administrator access is required to install software.
  • Wireless internet
  • Three-button mouse.
  • We recommend a relatively new computer (< 3 years old) so that the modelling software runs quickly.

Travel Subsidy

The prime target attendees are those who are interested in providing training and/or support for these tools to other users. To these attendees, CMC will provide subsidized travel and accommodations in accordance with the Queen’s University Travel Policy, provided the attendee:

  • Agrees to be identified and act as the designated trainer for their research group. See the Trainer Requirements.
  • Has a subscription with CMC.
  • Is a faculty, student, or research staff from a Canadian Academic Institution.
  • Limit 1 per research group

  1. If you plan to apply for travel subsidy, please read all policies/guidelines/FAQs listed above to ensure that you are qualified for the subsidy and follow the procedures and requirements.
  2. Original detailed itemized receipts are a mandatory requirement for all travel related expenses, including meals.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact Susan Xu at

Accommodation Recommendations

On-campus residences:

Note: Group rate is not available. For reservation, contact SRES Hebergement at


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.