ANNOUNCEMENT: OpenLight announces the process design kit with a unified electronic and photonic design platform

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ANNOUNCEMENT: OpenLight announces the process design kit with a unified electronic and photonic design platform

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- OpenLight Announces Availability of Process Design Kit with Industry's First Unified Electronic and Photonic Design Platform

New Offering Enables Fast, Accurate, and Reliable Photonic IC Designs with On-Chip Laser Technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- To streamline end-to-end design of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and meet future application demands including datacom, telecommunications, LiDAR, care medical, HPC, AI and optical computing, OpenLight today announced the general availability of its process design kit. (PDK). The OpenLight PDK is link-ready and includes on-chip indium phosphide active optics that Synopsys OptoCompiler™ can use directly and simulate with Synopsys OptSim™ photonics simulator, serving to provide customers with a superior method to build PICs with high-speed, low-loss optical amplifiers, on-chip lasers, and modulators tailored to your design requirements.

Customers can access a vast library of proven photonic components to enhance first-time PIC success and deliver more reliable design and manufacturing. The technology has passed qualification and reliability testing in Tower Semiconductor's Silicon Photonics Production Stream (PH18DA).

"We strongly believe in the ability of the OpenLight technology implemented in Tower's foundry platform to push the boundaries and enable the next generation of photonic integrated circuit products," said Dr. Marco Racanelli, senior vice president and general manager of the unit. Tower Semiconductor analog commercial. "With PDKs now available worldwide, mutual customers can benefit from access to this advanced technology through an open foundry model. The results of PICs manufactured to date are impressive and the PDK announced here will further accelerate PIC industry innovation as designers confidently develop and bring new products to market faster with on-chip lasers and optical amplifiers."

Synopsys supports the OpenLight PDK through the Synopsys OptoCompiler, bridging the gap between photonic experts and IC designers to make photonic designs as productive as electronic designs. Synopsys OptoCompiler is a complete end-to-end design, verification and approval solution for photonic ICs. The solution combines specific photonic design capabilities with industry-proven electronic design methods in a single, unified platform to make photonic IC design accessible, fast, and flexible.

"Combining Synopsys' industry-leading photonic IC design solution and OpenLight's embedded laser technology into one cohesive platform enables teams to design real-world PICs in a way that has never been done before," he said. Aveek Sarkar, vice president of engineering at Synopsis. "We look forward to supporting mutual customers together with Tower and OpenLight to accelerate the adoption of silicon photonics with embedded lasers."

"Until now, there has never been an open silicon photonics platform with on-chip active optics," said Dr. Thomas Mader, OpenLight's COO. "We are at the forefront of discovering the extent to which embedded lasers can lower the barriers to entry and transform the way teams design PICs for a wide variety of applications. With the general release of the PDK, OpenLight is also lowering the barriers to entry into the "Design Side", allowing customers to design PICs quickly and get to market and production faster. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to seeing continued advances in the scale, speed and power of our platform."

OpenLight was launched as an independent company in June 2022 and introduced the world's first open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers. The company is already seeing success with customers with its first 400G and 800G reference designs with integrated lasers available this summer.

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About OpenLight

OpenLight has decades of experience in photonic design. Our executive and engineering teams are delivering the world's first open silicon photonics platform with embedded lasers to improve performance, power efficiency and reliability of designs for applications in telecom, datacom, LiDAR, healthcare, HPC, AI and optical computing. With more than 200 patents, OpenLight takes optical solutions to places they've never been before and enables technologies and innovations that weren't possible before. The company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with offices in Silicon Valley. Read more at

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