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Infinera PDK available for Synopsys’ OptSim Circuit PIC design tool
Synopsys Inc of Mountain View, CA, USA ― which provides electronic design automation (EDA) software, semiconductor IP and services for chip and electronic system design ― says that, in conjunction with Rochester-based consortium AIM Photonics (American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics, an industry-driven public-private partnership advancing the USA’s photonics manufacturing capabilities), the process design kit (PDK) of Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide (InP)-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), is now available for Synopsys’ OptSim Circuit tool
Part of a key investment by AIM Photonics, the addition of the Infinera PDK to OptSim Circuit enables users to schematically capture, simulate and verify InP-based…
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