AIM Photonics Welcomes PhoeniX Software as Newest Member of National Manufacturing Institute

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PhoeniX to help lead PDK Development and Electronic-Photonic Design Flows

SUNY Polytechnic Institute and AIM Photonics joined PhoeniX Software today to announce the company’s membership in AIM Photonics. PhoeniX Software is the premier vendor of photonic design automation (PDA) software used to synthesize integrated photonic circuits. The company is unique in the photonics industry as it enables photonic designers to work in a high-level technology-agnostic view and then synthesize the layout of their photonic integrated circuits (PICs) to different target fabrication processes. This capability is strategic to the AIM initiative as it enables photonic designers to quickly prototype their designs by targeting any one of AIM’s photonic fabrication processes for layout and assembly in an AIM multi-project wafer (MPW) run.

“AIM Photonics is building a membership that includes some of the country’s most innovative technology companies that each provide critical elements to the success of the institute,” said Robert Duffy, Chairman of the AIM Photonics Leadership Council. “I’d like to personally welcome PhoeniX Software to the AIM team and congratulate SUNY Poly President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros and AIM CEO Dr. Michael Liehr on their continued success. Together, we are creating a world of new opportunities through this Rochester-based initiative.”

“PhoeniX Software brings over 20 years of commercial photonic design automation experience with extensive work in the creation and use of photonic process design kits (PDKs). We are excited to leverage their help in building the PDKs necessary to enable photonic designers to bring designs into our facilities,” said Michael Liehr, CEO of AIM and Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology for SUNY Polytechnic Institute. “PhoeniX and other PDA companies are key to scaling photonic design into commercial applications and we look forward to working with PhoeniX Software to help us work on next generation electronic-photonic design automation platforms (EPDA).”

PhoeniX Software pioneered the use of generic photonic building blocks and photonic synthesis with several European photonic foundries throughout the early 2000’s. PhoeniX Software also played a leadership role in designing interfaces with other PDA companies to create front-to-back photonic design flows and more recently to work with leading electronic design automation (EDA) companies such as Mentor Graphics, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys to create EPDA co-design environments.

“We are extremely happy to be working with AIM and SUNY Polytechnic Institute in the United States”, said Twan Korthorst, CEO of PhoeniX Software. “We have many customers in the United States who have been wanting a U.S based fabrication site for their PICs and we were pleased to be able to inform them that PDKs and high level photonic libraries will soon be available from AIM for the PhoeniX Software platform.”

PhoeniX Software sells a photonics design automation platform that uses a hierarchical building block-based paradigm to enable photonic designers to capture and verify their photonic circuits at a higher level of abstraction that is agnostic to any given physical fabrication process. With a native curvilinear shape engine, efficient scripting capabilities and dedicated photonic waveguide and component implementation routines, the tool suite is unique in the market. It allows the high level design description to be mapped to one or more different target fabrication processes and then synthesizes the correct layout of the circuit to meet the designers’ intent while satisfying specific design rules of the targeted foundry process. PhoeniX Software’s tools are also used to co-design the PIC within a package. For more information about PhoeniX Software and its offerings please contact Mitchell Heins at (307) 365-7220 or by email at mitch.heins(at)phoenixbv(dot)com.

PhoeniX Software: Pioneering photonics design automation since 1991; today PhoeniX Software has a global presence and is a trusted and well-recognized partner for a large number of organizations. PhoeniX Software’s goal is to enable easy and cost-effective realization of integrated photonics chips and systems, by means of its internally developed superior products and services. 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, PhoeniX Software is committed to further develop the industry by anticipating market demand and customer needs. In combination with strategic partnerships, this will result in offering world class design flows and access to all relevant fabrication technologies to develop and manufacture photonic integrated circuits.

AIM Photonics: The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM Photonics supports Small and Medium Enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. We are creating a National PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute: SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem, formed from the merger of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and SUNY Institute of Technology. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience and nanoeconomics programs at its Albany location and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica/Rome location. Thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts more than $43 billion in high-tech investments, over 300 corporate partners, and maintains a statewide footprint. The 1.65 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 4,000 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, faculty, and staff, in addition to Tech Valley High School. SUNY Poly operates the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy, the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Syracuse, the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua, and the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester where SUNY Poly also leads the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics. SUNY Poly founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at its Utica location and also manages the $500 million New York Power Electronics Manufacturing Consortium, with nodes in Albany and Rochester, as well as the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at RiverBend, Buffalo Information Technologies Innovation and Commercialization Hub, and Buffalo Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub. For information visit and

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