Software Providers: Simulations and layout Design tools

This section is dedicated to the offers provided by Software.
To access the Foundry PDK or acquire a license, please contact your Software providers directly (see contact details below). 

All indicated prices exclude VAT (Value-added-tax) and the delivery.

VPIPhotonics: simulation

VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits enables circuit-level simulation of photonic integrated circuits to design, optimize and validate performance parameters, perform tolerance analysis, and compare different technology/structural options. It can be combined with access to the HHI PDK, LIONIX PDK and SMART PDK via pluggable toolkits.

VPIdeviceDesigner™ is a scriptable Python-based simulation framework that offers a set of full-vectorial finite-difference mode solvers with nonuniform meshing and 2D and 3D implementations of the finite-difference frequency-domain beam-propagation method (BPM) for analysis and optimization of integrated photonic devices, waveguides, and optical fibers.

ProductProduct IDPrice, EURDescription
VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits & one PDK VPI-Je-CMP-1830VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits with access to one PDK (HHI, LioniX or SMART)
VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits & two PDKs VPI-Je-CMP-21110VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits with access to two PDKs (HHI, LioniX and/or SMART)
VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits& three PDKs VPI-Je-CMP-31350VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits with access to three PDKs (HHI, LioniX and SMART)
VPI bundleVPI-Je-Bundle (CMP-3 + MD)1500VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits with access to 3 PDKs and VPImodeDesigner

One time offer: this trial version is valid for 3 months. Once expired, the full license should be acquired.

Contact VPIphotonics Team:

synopsys: simulation and layout

Synopsys offers industry’s only unified and complete Photonic IC design platform, covering schematic capture, layout, device and circuit simulation and verification. OptoCompiler, OptSim, Photonic Device Compiler and OptoDesigner are available via Europractice for European Universities and Institutes. For other parts of the world and for commercial organizations, please contact to discuss how Synopsys can help with tools and training.

PDKs for the Synopsys Platform are available via JePPIX and the foundries.

Ansys / Lumerical: simulation

Ansys / Lumerical’s component design products use multi-physics style simulation workflows to model optical, electrical and thermal effects at the physical level. In order to get assistance, please contact 

ProductPrice (EUR)Description
INTERCONNECT0A one time only, 3 month Trial Licence of Ansys Lumerical INTERCONNECT.
Features include:
• Schematic IDE
• Automation API
• Mentor Tanner L-Edit interoperability
• Cadence Virtuoso interoperability
• System Element Library
• Laser Element Library

Foundry support For HHI and SMART Photonics.
• Discuss PDK Release directly with foundry of choice.

Photon design: simulation

PICWave is a photonic circuit (PIC) design tool which brings together:

  • an advanced laser diode and SOA model,

  • a powerful photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design and simulation tool,

  • a flexible design flow environment.

ProductProduct IDPrice, EURDescription
PicWavePicWave DKE630One-time intro offer. The bundle license validity is 3 months
PicWavePicWave DKE standard1600The bundle license validity is 3 months

Contact Photon Design Team:

Nazca Design: LAYOUT design

Nazca is an open-source photonic IC design software tool released under open source license AGPLv3. Instead, foundry specific PDKs (the technology description) provided by Bright Photonics contains foundry intellectual property. Hence, these PDKs are under copyright and a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the foundry and Bright Photonics.

Installation instructions and tutorials

The links below provide you with instructions on installing Nazca Design and getting started with the software, as well as a full manual on the software tool.

Nazca Design also offers several tutorials for free that you can work through to get acquainted with the software.

ProductPrice, EURDescription
Nazca Design0Open source software available for download
PDK4953 months subscription (sufficient for 1 MPW cycle)
PDK7656 months subscription
PDK139512 months subscription
Mask Review495DRC report (design rule checks) with tips on improving your submitted layout.
Layout Support1595Layout support (by the creator of Nazca Design, Bright Photonics) for one MPW cell. Helps you avoid costly mistakes, helps you navigate PDK technology and provides tips on layout solutions.
Layout Support + PDK2095Mask Review + Layout Support + Nazca Design PDK and software for multiple users

Prices for Nazca PDK and design support, where applicable, are the same for new and recurring users. Products by Nazca can be acquired directly from the Nazca Website.
Contact Nazca:


Luceda Photonics provides design tools and services to the integrated photonics industry. IPKISS.flow is an integrated photonics design tool that provides a PDK (design library) for Smart Photonics and HHI. The PDK for Lionix is in the planning. It also links to other tools in the design eco-system such as VPI.

ProductProduct IDPrice, EURDescription
LUCEDA IPKISSIPKISS-IND3000LUCEDA IPKISS for Commercial Organisations: 3 months license is valid only for the first tape-out
LUCEDA IPKISSIPKISS-RSCH1400LUCEDA IPKISS for Research Institutes: 3 months license valid only for the first tape-out
LUCEDA IPKISSIPKISS-UNI1400LUCEDA IPKISS for Universities: 1 year license is available under conditions of a proper reference to IPKISS in the publications

Prices of all three options include customer support.
Contact Luceda Photonics Team: