Versatile design tools for integrated photonics and optoelectronics need to support a diversity of technologies addressing very different types of applications. We discuss stringent requirements imposed on them: PICs of increasing size and complexity require circuit-level simulators supporting hierarchical topologies and automation of circuit design. PIC performance testing in target application scenarios requires the seamless integration of circuit- and system-level design tools. An automated design of EO/OE interconnect solutions, especially of importance for telecom and datacom, requires dynamic communication and seamless data transfer between electronic and photonic design tools.
Dr. André Richter is an expert in the field of optical communications and related modeling and design aspects. He holds a M.Sc. degree from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. from TU Berlin. Being member of the VPIphotonics team since 1997, André contributed numerous fundamental modeling advances in various fields. For many years he led product management, technical services and R&D activities. André serves as General Manager of VPIphotonics since 2013.