PIC Training New England 2017

lAfter two successful training events in 2015 and 2016 with very enthusiastic reactions, a third training is now organized, this time in Andover, Massachusetts. The training is one-stop-shop and covers all the material systems, whether Silicon, InP-based, or dielectrics such as TriPleX (SiO2/Si3N4). The training is supported by a broad consortium of companies and is hands-on as well as in-depth. For more info, please click on one of the tabs below.

There is a rapidly growing momentum for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). After having held great promise for a good while, PICs have now been breaking through in applications such as 100G and beyond for long-haul telecom as well as for short-reach datacom. And because of that breakthrough, PICs are now proving attractive for other applications as well, such as optical switching in the datacenter, interrogators in fiber-sensing, and key components in next-gen FTTH. The fact that the PIC workshop that we recently organized at OFC 2017 attracted close to 380 people is evidence of this growing interest in photonic integration.

However, the question how to get started in PICs is not necessarily trivial. Starting your own in-house effort including a waferfab plus packaging is unaffordable for most of the players. And even if you want to leverage the growing ecosystem of providers in software, foundries, and packaging, then the question is still which parts to do yourself, which parts to outsource and how to find the best tools and to familiarize yourself with them.

Pic Training

The purpose of this week-long in-depth training is to get you quickly up the learning curve by introducing you to all of the aspects that are critical for producing integrated optical components. The training covers system level essentials, a detailed tutorial on integrated optic components, in-depth simulations as well as mask layout, available foundry services for all material systems, packaging services, test & measurement and relevant business fundamentals such as building a business case or scaling to production.

The PIC training provides the ideal orientation for managers or engineers in companies that want to start in photonic integration or who feel that PICs are becoming increasingly important. The training is also very useful for any new employees or graduate students who are active in photonic integration and who need a better understanding of PIC technology, tools, as well as the full value chain. And the PIC training is valuable for anyone who needs to make a decision about which design software to acquire or which material system or foundry to use.

Space is limited so there is a maximum to the number of trainees that can be accepted. Advance registration is required and there is a registration fee. The fee covers the week long training, copies of training materials, lunches and other in class refreshments, and installation of software as well as licenses required for that week. Trainees are responsible for booking hotel accommodation and for bringing in their laptops which can then be used for the PIC design and layout. In case of interest, laptops can be made available for on-site rental. Software licenses that cover a longer time for trial and evaluation can be made available on request as well.

For any questions about the training or logistics, please contact Isobel Hoevers at isobel@7pennies.com or (917) 833-3589.


Please see below for a number of reactions from the previous training events that were held at Columbia University in Oct 2015 and in Silicon Valley in Nov 2016:

“Overall, it was a great selection of speakers. I appreciate the comprehensive topic coverage.”

“Organization of event was excellent liked distribution of all contact info and multiple updates up to the start of the training.”

“I really appreciated this training. All was perfect; content, organization, supports…”

“Thanks a lot! … and thanks again for the PIC training – it was very helpful to me.”

“This was done well. Better then most workshops I have attended…”

“Excellent location, venue, catering etc.!”

“I liked the software tutorials and the talks about the current state of the art and future trends of PIC’s.”

“Networking very good. I talked to a lot of experts in the field.”

“All excellent speakers, all of them knew their content well, and were very approachable…” “Excellent organization… I can’t think of anything that could be improved…”

“Excellent networking, excellent people, excellent chances to network during the breaks. A lot of thanks … for organizing all the dinners in the evening – which allowed more deeper networking opportunities.”

“I liked the program very much. Covered all the essential steps in a PIC packaging cycle…”

The week-long program is such that it provides a quick but in-depth training on everything that you need for producing photonic integrated circuits. The program covers system aspects, a component tutorial, simulations and chip layout, foundry services for all material systems, packaging, test & measurement, and business/marketing essentials.

The schematic below shows the preliminary training program for the week. Please click on the schedule for a magnified version. The schedule below will be updated as soon as additional detail becomes available.

Please click on the days below to get a detailed description of the program for that day.


09.00-09.30 | Welcome, Introductions

09.30-10.30 | PIC Component Tutorial – Passives

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-12.00 | Photonic Integration: State of the Field

12.00-12.30 | PIC Component Tutorial Actives

12.30-13.30 | Lunch

13.30-14.30 | PIC building blocks, integration platforms and manufacturing aspects

14.30-15.30 | Systems Introduction Key Metrics

15.30-16.00 | Coffee break

16.00-17.30 | System Modeling of Large-Scale Active & Passive PICs

17.30-18.00 | Wrap-Up, Q&A

18.00-21.00 | Facilitated (Noncompulsary) Networking Dinners


09.00-10.30 | System-Level Design, Analysis and Optimization of Photonic IC

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-12.00 | What tools are required for PIC design

12.00-12.30 | The EPDA Framework: Co- design of Photonics & electronics

12.30-13.30 | Lunch

13.30-15.30 | Schematic capture and simulation

15.30-16.00 | Coffee break

16.00-17.30 | Schematic driven layout

17.30-18.00 | Guest Speaker

18.00-21.00 | Facilitated (Noncompulsary) Networking Dinners


09.00-10.30 | PIC circuit simulations

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-12.30 | Compact model generation for PDK development

12.30-13.30 | Lunch

13.30-15.30 | PDK development for layout & Photonic Synthesis

15.30-16.00 | Coffee break

16.00-17.15 | Mask layout for a foundry using a PDK

17.15-17.30 | Summary and future developments

17.30-18.00 | Guest Speaker

18.00-21.00 | Facilitated (Noncompulsary) Networking Dinners


09.00-09.30 | Introduction to Foundries

09.30-10.00 | Silicon Photonics

10.00-10.30 | Silicon Photonics Foundry #1

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-11.30 | Silicon Photonics Foundry #2

11.30-12.00 | Silicon Photonics Foundry #3

12.00-12.30 | Update on US Based MPW Services

12.30-13.30 | Lunch

13.30-14.00 | Dieletrics / Si Photonics

14.00-15.00 | Dielectrics: TriPleX(TM) Foundry / MPW Service

15.00-15.30 | Packaging Fundamentals

15.30-16.00 | Coffee break

16.00-17.30 | Packaging Fundamentals, PDK, and System Level

17.30-18.00 | Guest Speaker

18.00-21.00 | Facilitated (Noncompulsary) Networking Dinners


09.00-09.30 | InP Photonics Foundry #1

09.30-10.30 | InP Photonics Foundry #2

10.30-11.00 | Coffee break

11.00-12.00 | Test & Measurement for PICS (Electrical)

12.00-12.30 | Test & Measurement for PICs (Optical)

12.30-13.30 | Lunch

13.30-14.00 | Product Development

14.00-14.30 | In & Outsourcing

14.30-15.00 | Business case & Competitiony

Training ends at 3:00pm on Friday so people can catch a Friday evening flight

For any questions about the training or logistics, please contact Isobel Hoevers at isobel@7pennies.com or (917) 833-3589.

The training will be supported by a wide group of service providers to the PIC industry. It includes foundries for pretty much all the relevant material systems, providers of simulation and layout software, packaging houses, as well as providers of turn-key PIC design solutions. We are in the process of confirming the supporting companies and will update the list soon. Please see below the list of companies that have already confirmed support for the PIC training.


JePPIX is a broker that helps organizations around the globe to get access to advanced fabrication processes for Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). JePPIX aims at low-cost development of application specific PICs using a generic foundry model and rapid prototyping via industrial Multi-Project Wafer runs. The generic approach allows a variety of PICs to be realized using the same standardized processes. JePPIX closely collaborates with Europe’s key players in the field of photonic integration, including manufacturing and packaging partners, photonic CAD software partners, R&D labs and photonic IC design houses. With JePPIX you can get access to the Indium Phosphide (InP)-based monolithic integration platforms of Oclaro, Fraunhofer HHI and SMART Photonics and the low-loss dielectric TriPleX waveguide technology of LioniX. JePPIX is hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. For more information visit our website: (www.jeppix.eu).


SMART Photonics, located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, is a Pure Play Foundry offering III-V production services for both discrete- as well as integrated- Indium Phosphide based photonic components. We use our knowledge, experience and the dedicated equipment to create and produce the photonic designs of our customers. We offer the complete production process from Epitaxial growth, processing, re-growth and polishing of wafers up to dicing and coating of the sides of the chips. Next to the production support, in either the proof of concept (POC) phase or the full production phase, we also offer single- or combined- process steps to complete, or back-up, the production processes of our customers. (www.smartphotonics.nl)


Fraunhofer HHI The core competencies of Fraunhofer HHI are in the areas of Photonic Networks and Systems, Mobile Broadband Systems, Photonic Components and Electronic Imaging. Within the Fraunhofer mission “to undertake applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society”, we offer research, development and production services in all our activities to the German and international industry. The activities of the Photonic Components Dept. are focused on the following – mainly InP based- optical components for tele- and datacom, and optical sensing applications. Components such as: Photonic Integrated Circuits, Integrated hybrid InP and Polymer PLC components, THz Components, Discrete devices, DOE and related devices, InP MOVPE; e-beam lithography; process development; & Qualification support. (www.hhi.fraunhofer.de)



LioniX is a leading provider in development and small to high volume production of leveraging and innovative products based on micro/nano system technology (MNT) and MEMS. Our core technologies are integrated optics and micro-fluidics. Our customers operate in telecom, industrial process control, life sciences and space markets and include OEM’s, multinationals, VC start-up companies as well as research institutions from around the world. LioniX offers design to manufacturing and horizontal integration by partnering with MEMS/MST foundries and suppliers of complementary technologies, such as in (food) biotech/genomics, chemistry/pharmaceuticals and water technology. The combination of micro-fluidics and their integrated optics technology (TriPleX™) gives LioniX an unrivalled expertise in the emerging area of Lab-on-a-Chip. (www.lionixbv.nl)


CEA (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives) is a French Governmental Research Organization (15,000 employees). Within the “CEA-TECH” branch devoted to industrial Research & Development, CEA-LETI is one of the major European research centers in applied electronics, optics and sensing. It is located in Grenoble-France where it operates 11,000 m²-State-of-the-Art CMOS clean rooms (200 and 300 mm wafer size), and a MEMS microsystems platform (200 mm wafer size). Nearly 1,600 men and women are serving innovation and the transfer of technology in key domains. Besides, CEA-LETI has sparked the creation of thirty high-technology start-ups, including Soitec, world leader in the development/ production of Silicon on insulator wafers.

As a pioneer in Research & Development in Silicon Photonics (since 2002), CEA-LETI has developed strong expertise and know how in the design, fabrication and test of integrated devices (including Ge-on-Silicon photodetectors and hybrid III/V-on-Silicon lasers) and circuits for telecom and datacom applications. ST microelectronics is one of its main industrial partner in the field.


Pioneering photonics design automation already since 1991, today PhoeniX Software has a global presence and is a trusted and well recognized partner for a large number of organizations. We enable easy and cost-effective realization of integrated photonics chips and systems, by means of our internally developed superior products and services. Our customers range from large OEM’s to start-ups and include some of the world’s top universities and research institutes. As the leader in Photonic IC design solutions, we will continue to develop the market by anticipating market demand and customer needs. In combination with our strategic partnerships, this results in offering world class design flows and access to all relevant fabrication technologies for our customers. 


VPIphotonics sets the industry standard for end-to-end photonic design automation comprising design, analysis and optimization of components, systems and networks. We provide professional simulation software supporting requirements of integrated photonics, optoelectronics and fiber optics applications, optical transmission system and network applications, as well as cost-optimized equipment configuration. Our team of experts delivers professional consulting services addressing customer-specific modeling and design requirements. VPIphotonics’ award-winning off-the-shelf and customized solutions are used extensively at hundreds of corporations worldwide; over 160 academic institutions joined our University Program. For further information, please visit us at www.VPIphotonics.com.


Mentor Graphics – Building an EDA Environment for Silicon Photonics: Silicon photonics has a huge potential for signal processing applications ranging from communications to biosensors and opto-MEMS devices. However, the expansion of available photonic components is currently limited by the large amount of engineering effort required to accurately design known reliable components in a system. Mentor Graphics, a leading supplier in the Electronics Design Automation industry, is working to extend the tools and best practices that have enabled the rapid design of high-volume CMOS application-specific integrated circuits to the silicon photonics design community. 


Luceda Photonics wants photonic IC engineers to enjoy the same first-time-right design experience as electronic IC designers. Luceda Photonics’ tools and services are rooted in over 50 years of experience in photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design. Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) designers need full control of their design framework to make sure that what they fabricate matches exactly how they designed it. In addition they need to be able to re-use and distribute their design work in a hierarchical framework that saves time and improves reliability. IPKISS.flow is a scripting environment that covers the complete photonic IC design flow up to measurement feedback for true component validation. What you layout is what you calculate. IPKISS.eda inside L-Edit combines these stringent photonic design demands with the ease of use of a professional yet easy to use EDA environment.


Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group is a leading developer of optical design and analysis tools that model all aspects of light propagation, enabling users to produce accurate virtual prototypes leading to manufacturable optical systems. With the LucidShape® products for automotive lighting, LightTools® illumination design software, CODE V® imaging optics design software, and RSoft™ products for photonic and optical communications system design, Synopsys has a long and successful history of providing innovative solutions to the most complex optical engineering challenges. The RSoft products are leading solutions in photonic design software and serve several industries including optical communication, optoelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing. RSoft products provide a full range of design, optimization and planning tools for optical communications, as well as solutions for optoelectronics components and subsystems. For more information, visit optics.synopsys.com/rsoft.


CST develops and markets high performance 3D simulation software for electromagnetic, photonic, and multi-physics applications. The success of CST’s main tool, CST STUDIO SUITE, is based on the implementation of leading edge technology in a user-friendly interface. CST’s customers are market leaders in industries as diverse as Telecommunications, Defense, Automotive, Electronics, and Medical Equipment. Today CST employs 300 sales, development, and support personnel, and enjoys a leading position in the high frequency 3D EM simulation market. CST is part of Dassault Systemes, a global leader in the simulation software market and the maker of SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, and Abaqus.


Lumerical – Since its inception in 2003, Lumerical has pioneered breakthrough simulation technologies that help bring new product concepts to life. Lumerical’s software tools support a broad range of photonic and electromagnetic design and analysis applications. From component level analysis using optical and electrical solvers to photonic integrated circuit and system design and simulation, Lumerical’s products are capable of addressing the most challenging design problems. Lumerical’s photonic design tools are licensed in nearly 50 countries, by more than 800 of the world’s most innovative organizations including 7 of the top 10 companies in the S&P 1200 Global IT Index and 44 of the top 50 research universities according to the Times Higher Education rankings. (www.lumerical.com)


Chiral Photonics (CPI), a New Jersey, US based company founded in 1999, specializes in optoelectronic packaging of integrated photonics.  CPI offers its pitch reducing optical fiber arrays, PROFAs, which enable the highest density optical I/Os for both edge and face coupling to photonic ICs. Currently, up to 61 I/O channels can be coupled in a single port.  Other services range from single-die optical coupling or optoelectronic package development, including test services, to volume optoelectronic production packaging.Please contact us to obtain our free coupling and packaging design guidelines: designguide@chiralphotonics.com.


Keysight Technologies Inc. is the world’s leading electronic measurement company, transforming today’s measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company’s nearly 10,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. (Keysight Technologies)

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VLC Photonics aims to be a complete but flexible partner in photonic integration, thanks to its deep expertise in the whole integration process, from the preliminary feasibility studies, to fabrication platform selection, optical chip design, foundry and packager brokerage, and chip characterization and test. VLC Photonics has been working for more than 14 years in the field, with experience in all major international fabs (+15) in all main material substrates (silicon photonics, InP, GaAs, PLC, SiN, TriPleX, etc.). Our know-how includes multiple passive and active components like AWGs, MMIs, Echelle gratings, modulators, lasers, switches, filters, etc. Our field of expertise is mostly in optical telecommunications, datacom and optical interconnects, microwave photonics, quantum optics, and sensing systems like fiber sensor interrogators or biophotonics lab-on-a-chip. (http://vlcphotonics.com)


EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, coordinates EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions. (www.epic-assoc.com)


Rather than picking a week and asking everyone to join in, we want to choose the best possible week that works for everyone. If you are interested to join the training, please pre-register and indicate your preferences/availability between the June 5, 12 and 19 weeks, and we’ll make this happen. By the way, please note that it is critical that you indicate all weeks that are possible one way or another (rather than picking a single preferred week), else it is not possible to arrive at a single week that works for all. We’ll then plan the best possible week for both trainees as well as supporting companies.



The training is held at Keysight Technologies Suite 201 in Andover MA, in the Boston and Chatham Light room. This is close to where established companies in photonics such as Acacia and IPG have taken roots. While Massachusetts has ancient roots and was at the heart of the revolution, it has since turned into fertile grounds for many high tech startups and companies, to a large degree also due to the presence of excellent universities such as Harvard and MIT. This includes photonic integration focused companies such as Acacia Communications. The venue address is:

  • Keysight Technologies
  • 40 Shattuck Road Suite 201
  • Andover, MA 01810

Andover, MA, is well reachable via Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), which takes some 40 minutes by car and without traffic jams. For Google directions to Keysight Technologies please click on the map below.


For any questions about the training or logistics, please contact Isobel Hoevers at isobel@7pennies.com or (917) 833-3589.


Massachusetts attracts a lot of business travellers and for this reason offers a large amount of good hotel accommodations. Given that the training starts early on Monday, we recommend that you arrive on (or before) Sunday evening. And on Friday, the training ends at 3pm EDT so as to allow participants to travel back home on Friday evening.

For a good overview of pricing, ratings, and locations of hotels around Tektronix, please check this Expedia link.

For a short list of nearby hotels with good ratings and reasonable prices (in the say $100 to $150 per night range), please check out the following:

  • Double Tree by Hilton Boston Andover 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810, Phone: (978) 975-3600, 5 minutes by car, www.hilton.com.
  • SpringHill Suites Boston Andover 550 Minuteman Rd, Andover, MA 01810, Phone: 866-599-6674, 4 minutes by car, www.marriott.com
  • La Quinta & Suites 131 River Road, Andover MA 01810, Phone: (978) 685-6200, 3 minutes by car, www.laquintaandover.com

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Once a week has been picked together with trainees and supporting companies, this page can then be used for full registration. At that point, the following registration fee will be due:

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Other discounts may apply. In case of questions here, please contact Erik Pennings at erik@7pennies.com or (848) 228-0807.