Today's PIC design teams are competing in a fast-changing world. Innovation and keeping specs are no longer enough. Time-to-market and quality have become equally important. How can a design team collaborate efficiently? How can it cope with a fast-moving workforce and still maintain and grow the team's knowledge? How can it run quality design iterations while having access to fabs to have them taped out reliably? The main facilitator and differentiator is the PIC design flow: with IPKISS, designers can apply best-practices from the realm of software development to PIC design. We will show how a code-driven design framework that provides layout, simulation and verification, combined with version control and automated testing, helps setting up a robust and streamlined design flow.
Dr. Martin Fiers received his Ph.D. degree in Integrated Photonics at Ghent University (UGent) in Belgium, 2013. During his Ph.D., Martin has researched novel type of photonic hardware architectures for all-optical computing, inspired by machine learning. Martin also developed the integrated photonics circuit simulator Caphe. After finishing his Ph.D. degree, he has done business development for 1 year to prepare for the startup company Luceda Photonics. Martin co-founded Luceda Photonics in 2014, and has been working with the company since then as the product manager. He is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner.