RELEASE: OpenLight Announces Availability of First Sampler Process Design Kit

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RELEASE: OpenLight Announces Availability of First Sampler Process Design Kit

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-OpenLight announces the availability of the first Sampler process design kit to accelerate component testing

New product offers flexibility in laboratory testing and improves PIC design accuracy for faster time-to-market

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- In order to improve familiarity with process technologies and increase the accessibility of photonic integrated circuits (PICs), OpenLight today announced the general availability of its Process Design Kit (PDK) Sampler. The PDK Sampler is a single, array-level PIC containing the standard OpenLight PDK components, allowing customers to comprehensively test PDK elements in their own lab and validate models for first-time success. passed on a PH18DA tapeout. Components include OpenLight's heterogeneous laser, optical amplifier, 100G PAM4 EAM modulator, and other active and passive components in Tower's PH18DA process.

The adoption of new process technologies often involves a steep learning curve and is a frequent challenge for customers, especially with recent advances in the field of silicon photonics. This new industry offering gives customers a shortcut to immediately test individual PDK elements, obtaining direct lab data before engraving a custom PIC design. By being able to test PDK components in their own labs, customers gain greater confidence in the Tower PH18DA process and can optically and electrically probe PICs.

"With this 'one of a kind' PIC available through Tower Semiconductor, customers are better positioned to test all of the PDK components available through our open platform," said Dr. Adam Carter, CEO of OpenLight. "OpenLight's mission is to be the first to equip the industry with the right design tools and accelerate the use of PICs at scale in a wide variety of markets and applications. We look forward to paving the way for next-generation designs with our powerful PDK Sampler."

"OpenLight continues to complement Tower's existing open foundry offering," said Dr. Marco Racanelli, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tower Semiconductor's Analog Business Unit. "As an OpenLight partner, this move will make Tower's PH18DA process more accessible to mutual customers and help them get the most out of our technology."

OpenLight launched as an independent company in June 2022, introducing the world's first open silicon photonics platform with heterogeneously integrated III-V components. The company announced the general availability of its PDK last November.

The OpenLight PDK Sampler includes two PICs. If you would like to contact OpenLight for the latest availability and pricing, please contact For additional information, visit

About OpenLightOpenLight draws on decades of experience in photonic design. Our executive and engineering teams deliver the world's first open silicon photonics platform with embedded lasers to improve performance, power efficiency, and reliability of designs for telecom, datacom, LiDAR, healthcare, HPC, AI, and optical computing. With more than 200 patents, OpenLight is taking optical solutions to places they've never been before and enabling technologies and innovation that weren't possible before. The company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, with offices in Silicon Valley. More information at

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