Australian Silicon Photonics and Luceda Photonics launch new photonics toolset

Australian Silicon Photonics

Australian Silicon Photonics founders Professor Arnan Mitchell, Dr Jonathan Lacey and Dr Thach Nguyen (Photo: RMIT)

CUDOS researchers at RMIT University, partnering with Luceda Photonics, have launched a comprehensive toolset of electromagnetic simulators for photonic devices, called REME.

Silicon Photonics is an emerging technology which allows wires connected to silicon chips to be replaced by optical fibres. Silicon photonics has the potential to increase the performance of data centres and will eventually replace copper wires in computers.

REME enables users to harness a number of new effects on silicon photonic devices that cannot be simulated with existing tools. These effects are important for high speed photonic links in data centres, but could also form the basis of ultra-high speed USB cables.

CUDOS Chief Investigator and RMIT Director of MicroNano Research Facility, Professor Arnan Mitchell said the ability to simulate and design is exactly what is required to interface Australian researchers and small businesses with the billion dollar silicon photonics industry emerging around the globe.

REME is the first commercially launched product from a range of silicon photonics technologies being developed by the RMIT’s Australian Silicon Photonics team, situated within ARC Centre of Excellence, the Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS). RMIT and Luceda Photonics are research collaborators in silicon photonics and have entered into an agreement to exclusively licence REME.

REME launch

CUDOS researcher Dr Thach Nguyen (centre) with the Luceda team at the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco where REME was launched (Photo: Arnan Mitchell)

Source: RMIT University