Ghent, Belgium, 16-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Imec’s investment arm Fidimec and the Flemish spin-off investment fund SOFI I are investing EUR 340k in Luceda Photonics, a joint spin-off from Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and imec.
Luceda Photonics will use this financing to start commercialization of its photonics design software and to continue to invest in R&D for new product features.
LUCEDA Photonics was founded in June 2014 as a spin-off from Ghent University (UGent), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and imec. The core of Luceda Photonics’ product offering is the IPKISS design framework.
It covers the complete photonic IC design flow from component design and simulation through circuit definition and layout, all the way to tape-out and testing.
Its state of the art component library builds on years of design experience gathered over more than 300 validated designs.
Other highlights of the IPKISS environment include CAPHE, a circuit simulation tool for complex optical circuits and B-CALM, a GPU accelerated FDTD simulator.
The IPKISS framework was originally developed by UGent’s Photonics Research Group and imec’s associated lab at UGent, while the VUB’s B-PHOT team developed the B-CALM software.