PIC Design Course

28 October – 8 November in Eindhoven

The 2024 PIC Design Course is an on-site event in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The location of the course is the Academisch Genootschap (Parklaan 93, Eindhoven).

The PIC Design Course is an annual 2-week technology training. 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. On the testimonials page, you can read several first hand accounts 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.
– Paper and pen for notes (or keep it digital on your laptop)
– A positive attitude!

 In case of questions, for example regarding hotel recommendations, please do not hesitate to talk to us at coordinator@jeppix.eu.

Standard fee3400 EUR
Early bird fee (before July 31st) 2800 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.


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.

Stay tuned for the full course schedule of the 2024 edition! 

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