8/25/2016 4:34:00 PM

AIM Photonics Announces Release of Process Design Kit (PDK) for Integrated Silicon Photonics Design

Rochester, NY - AIM Photonics today announced the integrated silicon photonics Process Design Kit (PDK) is now available to all those organizations that have executed membership agreements. The achievement of this important milestone resulted from a project led by SUNY Polytechnic Institute, encompassing a significant effort by Analog Photonics, to create a library of photonic components designed to work within the SUNY Poly silicon photonics process. The PDK will enable AIM Photonics members to access leading edge silicon photonics technology to generate their own piece of real estate on the up-coming Multi Project Wafer (MPW) run.

AIM CEO and SUNY Poly Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology Dr. Michael Liehr said, “We are excited to offer these benefits to AIM members after just one year of operation and look forward to providing many other ground breaking photonics capabilities to the broader photonics community in the coming months and years, thereby fulfilling our charter as a member of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.”

The PDK and the MPW capability are tangible examples of the benefits afforded to Members of AIM Photonics. Our Members are provided access to cutting edge research and state-of-the-art fabrication, packaging, design, and testing capabilities and enjoy the significant cost savings associated with consortium activities. 

In addition to the typical custom layout information needed to create custom photonic devices, the PDK also includes a significant amount of intellectual property in the high performance library of fundamental silicon photonic passive and active devices developed by Analog Photonics, LLC.

“These library components can be quickly instantiated at a schematic level to create sophisticated system level designs in a short amount of time. We believe the capabilities of this library will enable next generation photonic circuits to be developed quickly and reliably,” said Analog Photonics’ CEO Mike Watts.

“This kind of system-level design methodology is beginning to be supported by leading electronic-photonic design automation (EPDA) companies and is critical for enabling large-scale integrated photonic designs with lower cost and schedule,” said Brett Attaway, AIM Photonics’ Director of EPDA. “We could not have completed this initial release of the PDK without the strong support of our world-leading AIM member EPDA companies. It’s extremely important that we enable the next generation of integrated photonic design methodologies, and our EPDA member companies are enabling us to do that and help grow the industry with this PDK release.”

Future releases of the PDK are planned over the next several years with improved validation data, models and new components added to the library.

AIM Photonics is planning to have several MPW fab runs in 2017, depending on demand, which may include up to three MPWs for the full silicon photonics process, and two MPWs with a reduced process for passive-only devices and three MPWs for interposers as demand requires. The first full silicon and interposer MPW runs in 2017 will start towards the end of the first quarter. In order to ensure space for all interested parties, AIM Photonics is currently accepting reservations for these MPW runs. Those interested in participating in any of the 2017 MPW silicon photonics runs should contact Chandra Cotter at by October 31, 2016, in order to guarantee a spot on these exciting new silicon photonics offerings. Interested parties can also sign up for the 2017 runs by visiting our website at the following link:

PDK and MPW fab access occurs solely through a MPW aggregator. The MOSIS Service has been chosen as the AIM Photonics MPW aggregator. Please contact MOSIS for access to the most current PDK version release at the following link:


AIM Photonics. The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM Photonics supports Small and Medium Enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. We are creating a National PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute. SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.65 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit and


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