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Panel – Photonics Coming of Age: The Emergence of PDKs

James Pond (Chief Technical Officer, Lumerical)

Gilles Lamant (Distinguished Engineer, Cadence Design Systems)

Mohamed Youssef (Foundry Enablement Manager, Mentor)

Samir Chaudhry (Director Design Enablement, TowerJazz)

Rui Santos (Principal Scientist, SMART Photonics)

Ashkan Seyedi (Research Scientist, HPE)

Location: Ballroom D

Date: Tuesday, January 29

Time: 4:45pm - 6:00pm

Track: 03. Integrating Photonics & Wireless in Electrical Design

Session Type: Panel Discussion (Free)

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

As photonics transition from research in universities and labs to commercial production, a critical enabler is the emergence of Process Design Kits (PDKs) to provide access to foundry technology through the use of photonics-focused tools such as simulation, schematic capture, layout and design rules checkers. The first commercial photonic PDKs emerged in 2018. Pioneers who delivered these PDKs will discuss challenges in their development, their application in photonic design, and project how they will develop in the future. They will also discuss how photonic tools are linked to the emerging commercial foundries.


The emergence of Process Development Kits (PDKs) is a critical enabler in the transition of photonics from research to commercial production. PDKs provide access to foundry technology through the use of photonic- focused tools such as simulation, schematic capture and layout. The first commercial PDKs emerged in 2018.

Intended Audience

Familiarity with photonics, EDA or PDKs