INPHOTEC and PhoeniX Software Collaborate to Advance Photonic Integrated Circuit Design and Manufacture

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PhoeniX Software and INPHOTEC partner to facilitate the design and fabrication process of photonic integrated circuits.

Silicon photonics holds the potential to become a cost-effective, scalable technology for the production of photonic integrated circuits (PIC’s) to address applications including high-performance optical networking, data center interconnects, signal processing, and biological and chemical sensing. A comprehensive photonics process design kit (PDK) is critical to enabling a design methodology that ensures predictable operation and reliable, repeatable fabrication of complex PIC designs for these demanding applications. PhoeniX Software and INPHOTEC are collaborating to develop a photonics PDK for INPHOTEC’s silicon photonics manufacturing process.

INPOTEC has started its activity in January 2015 and has already signed contracts with major industries as well as with European public Institutions and it is currently participating in several European projects. INPHOTEC and PhoeniX Software see the time is there to partner and support the Ecosystem for a design and manufacturing side.

“These are interesting times for silicon photonics! We see a lot of opportunities for this particular technology within in our existing customer base throughout a diverse range of applications,” stated Niek Nijenhuis, Global Sales & Marketing Manager at PhoeniX Software. “Collaborating with INPHOTEC not only fits our company strategy, but also contributes towards our common goal which is creating an easy access and well-functioning ecosystem for our mutual customers.”

“Partnering with Phoenix has been a useful step for defining the workflow of simulation, design and fabrication of photonic integrated circuits and networks that will be fabricated within INPHOTEC facility,” remarked Prof. Piero Castoldi. “In this period of significant competition it becomes fundamental to provide a comprehensive platform for internal and external users of the INPHOTEC cleanroom facility”

About PhoeniX Software
Pioneering photonics design automation already since 1991, today PhoeniX Software has a global presence and is a trusted and well recognized partner for a large number of organizations. We enable easy and cost-effective realization of integrated photonics chips and systems, by means of our internally developed superior products and services. Our customers range from large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) to start-ups and include some of the world’s top universities and research institutes. As the leader in Photonic IC design solutions, we will continue to develop the market by anticipating market demand and customer needs. In combination with our strategic partnerships, this results in offering world class design flows and access to all relevant fabrication technologies for our customers. For more information, visit

The Integrated Photonic Technologies Center is part of the TeCIP Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna within the Photonic Communications Research Unit. Its mission is to provide fabrication facilities and technology platforms for research, prototyping and production of high added value components and circuits to academic and industrial SME. The major areas where INPHOTEC can provide innovative front-end and back-end processes and technologies are: Photonic integrated circuits and optoelectronics, Bio photonics and medical applications, sensors and MEMS, MOEMS. For more information, visit

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