PIC Design Course 2023

30 October – 10 November in Eindhoven!

The 2023 PIC Design Course is aimed to be an on-site event in Eindhoven. The location of the course will be added in due course.

The PIC Design Course is a technology training scheduled for two weeks starting from Monday 30th of October 2023. The course covers the theory and practice of integrated photonic components and circuit design using the powerful JePPIX building blocks. Layout and simulation methods are explored with JePPIX software partners and professional designers in hands-on sessions. This course is particularly suitable for engineers who wish to create their first MPW chips and for new Ph.D. students in the field of photonics. Click here to read a first hand account of what it’s like to participate in the PIC Design Course.

The course provides both the underlying know-how to enable an understanding of the design space, and the practical skills to implement designs. Participants with specific circuit specifications in mind may also benefit by being able to think through their designs with on-site experts.

Participants are required to bring:
– A laptop with mouse and cable connector. Please note that the Netherlands uses 240V electrical outlets.
– A headset or earplugs in the case of online sessions.
– Paper and pen for notes (or keep it digital on your laptop)
– A positive attitude!

 In case of questions, please do not hesitate to talk to us at coordinator@jeppix.eu.

Ticket fees 
Regular participant (standard fee)3103 EUR
Regular participant (early bird fee)2586 EUR

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain the ability to identify and specify building blocks and connect building blocks and layout for the creation of functional photonic integrated circuits. Participants will use a range of simulation and design tools suited for active and passive components and circuits and will be able to use foundry specific process design kits to predict circuit performance and create the file sets required for a multi-project wafer run.

Required prior knowledge

The course is expected to be relevant to engineers and scientists who have an awareness of photonics and the underlying principles, and who wish to extend this knowledge to create their first photonic integrated circuits on open access foundries.

Content

Trainees will develop insights into mode analysis to better understand the design space for waveguide based integrated optics and how best to construct interferometers and filters. Active building blocks including semiconductor optical amplifiers, modulators and detectors will be introduced in terms of physical principles and practical implementation as components and circuit elements. Methods for laying out circuits will be developed. Hybrid and monolithic integration schemes will be described.

There is also an emphasis on practical skills, with the opportunity to trial commercial CAD tools, process design kits (PDKs) and to develop insights with expert designers and leading academic instructors. Representatives from the foundries will also be available to talk through the latest platform capabilities. Visits to cleanroom facilities and measurement laboratories are included to provide insights into the role of fabrication tolerances and testing methods on design methods. Packaging will also be reviewed to ensure package, test and manufacture aware design.

The full course schedule of the upcoming 2023 edition will be published in due course.