To foster a design ecosystem for integrated photonics, Ansys Lumerical and Cadence have co-developed design workflows for photonic component designs and circuit designs, leveraging the state-of-the-art design tools of Cadence and Ansys Lumerical.
For photonic component designs, we’ve built a direct integration bridge between Virtuoso layout Suite and Lumerical Multiphysics simulation tools to provide a seamless design environment for component layout and simulation. We also provide Lumerical CML Compiler as a Cross-simulator Photonic compact model development platform, to take component simulation data and generate compact models for photonic PDK.
To facilitate electronic-photonic integrated circuit designs, we’ve integrated Lumerical’s photonic circuit simulation platforms with Cadence Virtuoso. This design environment allows user to design hierarchical integrated circuit schematic using Virtuoso schematic editor and to perform circuit analyses through Virtuoso Analog Design Environment (ADE). From ADE, users can perform optical time/frequency analyses on photonic circuits by using INTERCONNECT as an ADE simulation engine. User can also perform full system simulations on both their photonic circuits and electronic circuits by leveraging Cadence Spectre and Lumerical Integrated circuit simulation tools, such as INTERCONNECT and Photonic Verilog-A Platform. Schematic design can drive circuit layout, and layout can be back-annotate to schematic for post-layout simulation.