CompoundTek collaborates with Siemens to launch PDK Version 2.0 with 3 sigma model

Partnership aims to improves Design for Manufacturability

Singapore, 29 Jan 2021 – CompoundTek Pte Ltd, a global foundry services provider in emerging Silicon Photonics (SiPh) solutions announces that it has partnered with Siemens Digital Industries Software  to develop and release CompoundTek’s Process Design Kit (PDK) version 2.0. With the vision of enabling best-in-class photonic circuit simulation for customers, the version 2.0 PDK Component Model Library supports 3 statistical models, based on CompoundTek’s actual measured 8” wafer-level data of Si/SiN waveguides, passive and active photonics components on its SiPh 8” fabricated wafers. 

Formerly Mentor Graphics, Siemens’ Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions provide a broad array of design and verification solutions for photonic designers, including L-Edit Photonics and LightSuite™ Photonic Compiler, both of which work with CompoundTek’s 2.0 PDK. These tools provide productivity improvements for photonics experts and IC designers through automation and custom layout. Siemens’ Calibre® verification platform, which includes Calibre nmDRC with its proprietary equation-based functionally, has extended its golden signoff status to include silicon photonic designs.

A total of 39 new components in both O and C wavelength band; SiN based Mux/DeMux, terminator, Polarization Rotator Beam Splitter, VOA, SiN based platform etc., are added in this latest PDK release. The PDK version 2.0 also adds 3 statistical data to 30 active models, including photodetectors, ring modulators, and Mach-Zehnder modulators. It enables CompoundTek customers’ designs to have a better fit of the simulation results with the actual performance, resulting in a more accurate prediction of the actual chip performance and yield.

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