Design Kit: Luceda-Tanner-AMF Silicon Photonics Design Platform

Design Kit: Luceda-Tanner-AMF Silicon Photonics Design Platform
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The Luceda-Tanner-AMF Silicon Photonics Design Platform allows researchers to design and prototype photonics-based technologies faster and more successfully. The platform includes a process design kit (PDK) developed by AMF with partner Luceda Photonics, access to AMF’s fabrication services, and design tools from Luceda and Mentor Graphics.

The following CAD tools are used in this platform:

  • Luceda IPKISS.EDA (including CAPHE simulator);
  • Mentor Graphics Tanner L-Edit
  • Mentor Graphics Calibre
  • Lumerical Interconnect (in a future update)

This Platform includes the following components:

  • AMF Process Design Kit (PDK) ( – downloadable from this product
    • A complete process layer definition
    • AMF supplied Silicon-verified device Library
    • Tanner build-in DRC in the L-Edit environment
    • Calibre design rule decks for Design Rule Checking (DRC) to verify a design against the process specifications
    • Component model via link with Lumerical Interconnect tool (in a future update)
    • AMF manuals and AMFSIP documentation
  • Integrated Luceda and Tanner EDA environment – downloadable from Luceda and Tanner tool pages
    • IPKISS' PICAZZO library Python-based PCells
    • Circuit simulation with CAPHE simulator
    • Layout creation in L-Edit
    • Auto Connection for Waveguide, etc.
    • Design examples and documentation
  • User Guide: Luceda-Tanner-AMF Silicon Photonics Design PDK (UserGuide_SiPhotonics_Platform_v3) – downloadable from this product 
    • This user guide provides instructions for creating silicon photonics design and layouts using thePDK, including Luceda’s IPKISS.EDA and Mentor Graphics Tanner and Calibre tools with AMF PDK components. It includes examples, layout generation, and verification. The user guide describes the following contents:
      • Downloading and installing the PDK, Luceda, and Tanner tools
      • Designing layouts with step-by-step instructions
      • Running Tanner DRC in the L-Edit environment
      • Creating Programable Cells with Python scripts using the IPKISS tool
      • Importing and Exporting GDSII
      • Running Calibre DRC in the CMC Cloud environment
  • AWG Filter Toolbox ( – downloadable from this product 
  • Tutorial Guide: Luceda-Tanner-AMF Silicon Photonics Advanced Reference Design (TutorialGuide_SiPhotonics_Adv_Ref_Design_v1.pdf) – downloadable from this product 
    • This reference design tutorial guide is on the design and layout of wavelength division multiplexer and demultiplexer circuits utilizing the combinations of a micro-ring resonator photonic weight bank and an arrayed waveguide grating using this platform.
  • User Guide: AWG Circuit Design with Luceda-Tanner-AMF Platform (UserGuide_AWG_Design_v1.pdf) – downloadable from this product 
    • This user guide provides instructions for creating an Array Waveguide Grating (AWG) design and layouts using this platform, which uses Luceda Filter tool box.

Licensing Requirements or Restrictions

Access to the AMF PDK and the user guide is restricted to account holders with an appropriate non-disclosure agreement (NDA). To find out if your organization has the required NDA in place, or to facilitate the NDA execution process, please contact our Licensing Administrator at or 613-530-4787.

Acknowledging CMC

If your research benefits from products and services provided by CMC Microsystems, please acknowledge this support in any publications about your work. For more information, please visit Acknowledge CMC.