Dear IPKISS users. IPKISS is now further developed and offered by Luceda Photonics
For the latest Community Edition of IPKISS, please check
IPKISS is a parametric design framework focused (but not limited) to Photonic circuit design, originally constructed at Ghent University and IMEC. Through a python scripting interface, IPKISS allows the designer a fine-grained control of the different steps in photonic design.
the Python language provides a standard interface, and at the same time enables the interaction with different internal and third-party tools.
Welcome to the IPKISS project
Today we released the 2.4.4 version of IPKISS. The new version can be downloaded from the download section. See the attachment for the changelog.
Interested in trying out IPKISS, but not yet ready to install it on your system? You can experiment with the IPKISS framework right from your browser. Using interactive Python notebooks, you can write IPKISS scripts, generate layouts and run small simulations on our IPKISS server. Want to try it?
We will show IPKISS at the IEEE Group IV Photonics conference in Seaoul, 27-29 August 2013. Come visit us at our booth for a live demonstrations. We are very interested in discussing the design challenges you face and how IPKISS can contribute to your design flow. http://www.gfp-ieee.org/
We present a two-hour IPKISS Tutorial at the Workshop on Numerical Simulation of Optical Devices (NUSOD), held in Vancouver 19-22 August. Attend the workshop and try IPKISS hands-on using the new web interface: Design optical components and circuits in the cloud. http://nusod.org/2013/
Ghent University and imec report Open Source software release of IPKISS, a parametric design environment for integrated photonics
Brussels (Belgium) – April 17, 2012 – Ghent University and imec announce the launch of IPKISS as open source software platform. IPKISS is a generic and modular software framework for parametric design of photonic integrated components and circuits. The software platform is made available by means of a GPLv2-licensed code base (free of charge), a custom developer license and a custom commercial license. With this launch, Ghent University and imec provide the integrated photonics design community access to a powerful and flexible software platform.
What is the IPKISS Software Framework ?
IPKISS was originally conceived in 2002 by the Photonic Research Group of Ghent University and imec as a programmable generator of Mask Layouts (GDSII) written in Python, but has since then evolved significantly.
Its main use is currently the design of photonic components and complex photonic integrated circuits. In IPKISS, a designer can quickly define photonic components, directly simulate them in electromagnetic solvers and integrate them in a circuit on a photomask for fabrication. For this, IPKISS integrates easily with popular third-party simulators.
While currently most applicable to photonics, IPKISS is conceived as a generic and flexible framework. IPKISS can be customized for use (and is already used) in many other domains related to micro- and nano-electronics (microfluidics, plasmonics, MEMS, etc).
IPKISS is based on scripting in Python, which makes it easy to learn and extremely flexible in use. Through Python scripting, the user specifies in an analytical manner how a component is represented in terms of parameters. Internally, the component knows how to generate its layout, its input/output connections with other components, its internal circuit representations, etc. This ensures a separation between the formal specification of a component or circuit and different representations that can be derived (e.g. a mask layout in GDSII, a 2D or 3Dmodel, a circuit model). Components can be defined to accept outside technology information provided by the fab, effectively allowing a design that could be fabricated in different locations. Design kits for imec’s silicon photonics technologies are made available through ePIXfab, a European foundry service for Silicon Photonics prototyping and through imec directly for customized photonic IC development.
This IPKISS design approach is powerful and flexible, while at the same time very accurate, resulting in a productive design cycle with little margin for copy-and-paste errors: This contrasts with a design workflow which is static and cannot be influenced by the user, or where the user is limited to the functionality provided in a graphical user interface. Users of IPKISS will have access to a powerful and flexible software platform that can catalyze their research with a relatively small incremental effort.
This software platform is now made available free of charge to the broad community.
Source code licenses
The IPKISS framework is made available under different open source licenses.
· Community: A GPLv2-licensed code base of IPKISS will allow access to the framework free of cost. The objective of this license scheme is to stimulate the people in developing on the IPKISS framework, so a thriving community can evolve around the framework.
Further information on the platform can be found on http://www.ipkiss.org
The Open Source release of IPKISS is scheduled for April 2012. Please stay tuned.
Early 2012, the IPKISS framework will be released as Open Source software. Multiple licensing schemes will be possible, including a free GPLv2 version.