In the world of EPDA, exciting things are happening. We are beginning to prepare silicon-based PDK, define design center, and unravel the needs for improved integrated photonics design.
An important tapeout occurred the first week of June for AIM photonics silicon fab. It will set the stage for the validation of the silicon photonics PDK library components and several test structures over the next 6-9 months.
We're on target for an alpha release of the planned PDK end of July. Prior to gaining access to the PDK or being able to submit designs to the MPW aggregator (MOSIS), a couple of agreements will need to be signed by designer organizations. Stay tuned for the exact procedure.
One of the benefits of having world-class members in AIM is the great diversity of design methodology ideas and concepts. However, it is also a challenge. Compiling all the great ideas so that AIM Photonics will make a difference in photonic design practices is not trivial.
That being said, I truly believe a number of key methodology needs are surfacing. Most specifically, the need for a reference design and standards for improved compact/behavior modeling (many facets of this).
The next few weeks we will be busy refining these and other needs. The result will be a single EPDA master framework proposal for 2017 into which coordinated methodology development tasks will fit.