Hands-on training

Design manufacturable AWGs with IPKISS and the Ligentec PDK

In this hands-on training, Luceda Photonics and Ligentec will teach you how to design Arrayed Waveguide Gratings (AWGs) from high-level specifications to manufacturable AWG layouts based on the Ligentec technology, using:

  • IPKISS Photonics Design Platform: IPKISS and IPKISS AWG Designer

  • IPKISS PDK for Ligentec

Explore design compromises across all stages and generate a manufacturable design with a press-of-the-button flow. Use your final AWG design within the IPKISS Photonics Design Platform to complete the chip design and prepare for tape-out at Ligentec.

The training focuses on AWG design for integrated optical tomography applications based on the IPKISS PDK for Ligentec’s AN150 platform. Each step of the process can be customized to suit specific requirements in terms of layout or simulation.

Win a chance to fabricate your design for free at Ligentec

Do you think you can design the best performing AWG? Do you have a great application in mind? Submit your design by 22 July 2021, and win a chance to get your design fabricated for free at Ligentec*.

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Session 1

  22 June 2021, 13:30 (GMT+1)

    Online on Zoom


Session 2

  30 June 2021, 9:30 (GMT+8)

    Guo An Road No. 386, 2F, Shanghai


    13:30 - 13:40 Welcome
    Ana Gonzalez, R&D Manager at EPIC 
    13:40 - 14:00 Introduction: the IPKISS Photonics Design Platform and the IPKISS AWG Designer
    Pieter Dumon, Co-founder and CTO at Luceda Photonics 
    14:00 - 14:20 Introduction: Ligentec technology
    Michael Geiselmann, Co-founder and managing director at Ligentec
    14:20 - 14:30 Short break
    14:30 - 17:30 Hands-on training: design an AWG filter for optical coherence tomography. The training will guide you through:
    • Designing with IPKISS: getting started

    • AWG design using the IPKISS AWG Designer

    You will get familiar with the IPKISS AWG Designer and the Ligentec PDK, by taking the code, changing parameters and settings to obtain the AWG you need according to certain specifications.
    After the training, you will be able to keep using Luceda software for a month.
    Mathias Weisen, Application engineer at Luceda Photonics
    Pierre Wahl, Application engineer at Luceda Photonics
    9:30 - 10:00 Registration
    10:00 - 11:30 IPKISS introductory course
    Luceda expert
    11:30 - 13:00 Lunch break
    13:00 - 16:00
    AWG design tutorial and game based on IPKISS PDK for Ligentec
    Luceda expert
    16:00 - 16:15 Tea break
    16:15 - 17:15 Ligentec technology introduction and Q&A
    Ligentec expert
    17:15 - 18:00  One-on-one Q&A with Luceda expert 

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    The evaluation of the submitted AWG designs will be performed by a team of experts from Luceda Photonics and Ligentec. The maximum attainable score is composed of:

    • 50 points - Performance 
      The AWG will be judged based on the performance. The figures of merit considered to assign the score will be relevant to the chosen application.

    • 50 points - Application
      The AWG will be judged based on the relevance of the chosen application field.

    • The submitted design must be made using IPKISS and the IPKISS AWG Designer, together with the IPKISS PDK for Ligentec

    • The submitted design must have a valid layout and be DRC-clean

    • The design must be returned together with the code used to create it by 22 July 2020 for evaluation


    To be eligible for the competition, participants must submit their entries to chiara@lucedaphotonics.com. The submission must be an archive file containing:

    1. Final GDS file of the design

    2. IPKISS code used to layout and simulate the AWG

    3. A 300-word text pitching the application field chosen for the designed AWG.