OpenLight Announces Process Design Kit Availability with Industry’s First Unified Electronic and Photonic Design Platform

New Offering Enables Fast, Accurate, and Reliable Photonic IC Designs Using On-Chip Laser Technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California., November 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — To streamline the end-to-end design of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and meet future needs of applications such as datacom, telecom, LiDAR, healthcare, HPC, AI, and optical computing, OpenLight today announced the general availability of its Process Design Kit (PDK). The OpenLight PDK can be used with the Synopsys photonic IC design solution and includes on-chip indium phosphide active optical elements that can be used directly by the Synopsys OptoCompiler™ and simulated with the Synopsys OptSim™ photonics simulator, giving customers a superior A method for building PICs with optical amplifiers, on-chip lasers, and high-speed, low-loss modulators tailored to your design needs.

Customers can access an extensive library of tested and proven photonic components to improve PIC first-time success and deliver more reliable design and manufacturing. The technology has passed qualification and reliability tests in Tower Semiconductor’s Silicon Photonics production flow (PH18DA).

“We strongly believe that OpenLight’s technology implemented in Tower’s foundry platform can set new standards and enable the next generation of photonic IC products,” said Dr. Marco Racanelli, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tower Semiconductor’s Analog Business Unit. “With PDKs now available globally, mutual customers can benefit from access to this advanced technology through an open foundry model. The results of the PICs manufactured to date are impressive and the PDK announced here will accelerate more PIC innovations from the industry as designers are confident to design and bring new products with on-chip lasers and optical amplifiers to market faster.”

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Synopsys supports OpenLights PDK through Synopsys OptoCompiler, bridging the gap between photonics experts and IC designers to make photonic designs as productive as electronic designs. Synopsys OptoCompiler is a complete end-to-end design, verification and signoff solution for photonic ICs. The solution combines specific photonic design capabilities with industry-proven electronic design methodologies in a unique, unified platform to make photonic IC design accessible, fast, and flexible.

“Combining Synopsys’ industry-leading photonic IC design solution and OpenLight’s integrated laser technology in one cohesive platform empowers teams to design real-world PICs in ways never seen before,” he said Aveek Sarkar, Vice President of Engineering at Synopsys. “We look forward to supporting mutual customers together with Tower and OpenLight to accelerate the adoption of silicon photonics with integrated lasers.”

“Until now, there has never been an open silicon photonics platform with active optical elements on-chip,” said Dr. Thomas Mader, Chief Operating Officer at OpenLight. “We are pioneers in discovering how integrated lasers can lower barriers to entry and change the way teams design PICs for a variety of applications. With the general release of the PDK, OpenLight is also reducing the barriers to entry for the design side, enabling customers to design PICs quickly and get them to market and production faster. This is just the beginning and we anticipate continued advances in scale, speed and performance from our platform.”

OpenLight started as an independent company in June 2022, introducing the world’s first open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers. The company is already seeing customer success with its first 400G and 800G reference designs with integrated lasers, available this summer.

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About OpenLight

OpenLight has decades of experience in photonics design. Our leadership and engineering teams are delivering the world’s first open silicon photonics platform with integrated lasers to improve the performance, energy efficiency and reliability of designs for telecom, datacom, LiDAR, healthcare, HPC, AI and optical computing applications. With over 200 patents, OpenLight takes optical solutions to places it’s never been before, enabling technology and innovation that wasn’t possible before. The company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA with offices in Silicon Valley. Read more at

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