Passive Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course 2020

Online, live November 16 to 27, 2020

In response to COVID-19 Pandemic, CMC and our SiEPIC partner professors from UBC and Laval are offering this legendary Silicon Photonics Fabrication Course on-line.

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 (now part of the ANSYS family) are supporting this course by providing preferred access arrangements to their tools for participants (more information below).

Important Notes:

  1. We provide four registration options. Only academics who are currently registered with a Canadian university are eligible to register for Option 1 or 2. Students affiliated with a university outside of Canada and anyone not registered in a university are welcomed to register option 3 and 4.
  2. 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 Jennifer Draper (Jennifer.Draper@cmc.ca) to facilitate the NDA execution process prior to November 2, 2020.
  3. 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 November 14, 2020.


Completion of an undergraduate program in electrical engineering or applied physics.


Date Time Location
September 8 to November 2020 At your own schedule Pre-recorded video lectures, tutorials, and activities
November 16 to 27 2020 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT Video Conference call via Zoom

Pricing and Registration

The registration deadline is November 11, 2020.

Option Option 1 – Canadian academics for course credits Option 2 – Canadian academics for research Option 3 Option 4
Eligibility Canadian academics register one of the graduate courses:

  • UBC ELEC 584
  • Laval GEL7070 or GEL7071
Canadian academics who have (or whose supervisor has) a subscription with CMC For any engineer and researcher who are not eligible for Options 1 and 2, from organizations of

  • Universities outside of Canada
  • Research institutes
  • Companies
Description A three-credit graduate course in the fundamentals of silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with the online workshop A year-long training in the silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with the online workshop A year-long training in the silicon photonics device and circuit design, fabrication and testing, beginning with the online workshop
  • Workshop-only. Fabrication is not included.
  • Online workshop and one-month CAD tool access during and after the workshop
  • Discounted fabrication fee: $500
  • Registration fee includes chip fabrication area on a shared fabrication run.
  • Preferred pricing: $1,000
  • Registration fee includes tuition and chip fabrication on a shared MPW run.
  • Standard pricing
    • Industry: $5,400
    • Academic: $2,900
  • Registration fee includes tuition and chip fabrication on a shared MPW run.
  • Standard pricing:
    • Industry: $2,900
    • Academic: $1,650
  • Tuition only, fabrication is not included.
  1. Students enrolled in a graduate program at other Canadian universities may enroll the UBC and Laval’s courses as a visiting student according to agreements between Universities. Contact the professors for eligibility (nickj@ece.ubc.ca and shi@gel.ulaval.ca)
  2. A discount is available on options 3 and 4 for multiple participants from the same organization. Contact Zhang@cmc.ca for details.
  3. Some CAD tool licenses impose access restriction to participants from some countries. Contact Zhang@cmc.ca for details. 
Registration Registration closed.

Training Schedule

  • Online pre-recorded video lectures, tutorials and activities (self-paced from September 8 to November 2020)
  • Online Passive workshop: November 16 to 27, 2020
  • Design, modeling and mask layout: December 2020 to February 2021
    • Access to software tools, tutorials, and on-line discussion forums
    • Design feedback provided
  • Design proposal deadline: February 28, 2021
  • Design submission (layout deadline): March 15, 2021
  • Device shipment date: September 2021
  • Device testing and model validation: September to November 2021

Technology Description

  • Silicon-on-insulator, 220 nm top Si film, 2000 nm buried oxide (BOX)
  • 193 nm deep UV lithography on Si etching layers, enabling features down to ~150 nm
  • Supports design and fabrication of a range of PICs including:
    • photonic crystals
    • waveguides (photonic crystal or ridge)
    • gratings for fiber coupling
    • multiplexers (diffraction or arrayed waveguide)
    • ring resonators
    • filters
  • Fabrication is carried out at AMF, Singapore

Course Details

Instruction Syllabus Summary

  • Photonics passive device theory and modelling.
  • Fabrication processes and design kits
  • Lumerical MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, INTERCONNECT
  • Layout & verification
    • CAD tools: K-layout, Mentor Graphics Tanner and Calibre
  • Design for test and design for fabrication

Access to Tools

  • From Mentor Graphics – Mentor Graphics offers workshop attendees free access to Tanner and Calibre:
    • During the workshop
    • Following the workshop, for the purpose of completing their course designs.
  • From ANSYS Lumerical – Lumerical offers workshop attendees free access to their CAD tools (MODE Solutions, FDTD Solutions, and INTERCONNECT):
    • During the month of the workshop
    • After the first month, Lumerical makes short-term licenses available to workshop attendees in support of post-workshop objectives. Conditions may apply.


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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