A Design Automation Tool for Integrated Nanophotonics based on Compact Modeling and Model Order Reduction

Period of Performance: 05/28/2014 - 11/30/2014


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

CFD Research Corp.
701 McMillian Way NW Suite D
Huntsville, AL 35806
Principal Investigator


Existing physics-based device simulation tools are prohibitively expensive computationally, and therefore ill-suited for parametric analysis and design optimization of photonic integrated circuits (PIC). The proposed effort aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative, easy-to-use simulation tool for accurate, fast circuit/system analysis of PICs. The salient aspects of the proposed solution are: (1) mathematically rigorous compact modeling and model order reduction (MOR) techniques bridge the gap between high-fidelity device simulation and existing EDA environment, and significantly accelerate the circuit/system simulation for large-scale PICs; (2) compact and reduced order models are automatically derived from first principle-based, high-fidelity device simulation to retain the analysis accuracy and predictive capabilities; and (3) a modular software framework to automate the entire simulation process and seamless integration to EDA tools. In Phase I, a data interface to photonic device simulation, a compact modeling module, a MOR engine encapsulating carefully chosen algorithms, and a ROM assembler for circuit/system simulation will be developed in an integrated environment. Feasibility will be demonstrated by case studies of DoD interest, in which a verification circuit will be selected and designed using the developed software. Its computational performance (e.g., accuracy, speed, reliability, and integrability to existing tools) will be assessed. The Phase II effort will focus on enhancing computational engine, optimizing software architecture, user-interface, and integration, and extensive validation and demonstration using fabricated circuits.