Industry Tutorial: Automating the Design of PIC-based LiDAR Systems

1 December 2022, 11:00 - 12:00

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Originally developed for military use in the 1960’s, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technologies are now being used for medical, agricultural, environmental, civil engineering, space exploration and automotive applications. The adoption of LiDAR for autonomous driving is likely to be the first widespread commercial use for LiDAR. Coherent LiDAR systems measure both the phase and amplitude of the return signal, allowing for the measurement of both the distance and velocity of an object simultaneously, making it an ideal candidate for autonomous driving applications. In gaining such widespread adoption, size, weight and cost of such systems must be significantly decreased. One way to achieve such benefits is to leverage the advantages of integrated photonics.

Provided the great variety of the LiDAR design approaches and technologies, the software tools need to be flexible in simulating them, supporting multiple existing solutions, and interfacing between different third-party tools. At the same time, the need for high volume manufacturing and growing complexity of photonics integrated circuits (PIC) both require specific design and simulation solutions for PIC-based devices. 

In this industry tutorial, you will learn how to streamline the design process using VPIphotonics Design Suite considering a Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR system. We will discuss how to predict and simulate the design constraints of such systems. Particularly, we will discuss the impact of the residual nonlinearity of the integrated tunable laser and how digital predistortion could help to mitigate this effect.

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Nebras Deb
Nebras Deb

Optical Systems Application Specialist, VPIphotonics

Nebras Deb received his MASc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa and Queen's University in Canada, respectively. During his studies, he investigated PONs, enabling advanced modulation formats with direct detection, and employing Kramers-Kronig receivers in short reach systems. His areas of interest are data center intra- and interconnects and PONs. Nebras is currently an Optical Systems Application Specialist with VPIphotonics.

Eugene Sokolov
Eugene Sokolov

Principal Application Engineer, VPIphotonics

Eugene Sokolov is a Principal Application Engineer at VPIphotonics. He joined the company in 2010 and is currently part of the US Solutions Center team. Eugene has over 10 years of experience in the development of industry leading photonic design automation (PDA) products and particularly in the modeling of next generation photonic integrated circuits (PICs), photonic and optoelectronic devices. He leads in the development of the standardized Process Design Kits (PDKs) and interoperability between circuit-level simulators and mask layout/electronic design automation (EDA) tools. Eugene received his MSc. Degree in Physics (Laser Physics) from the Belarusian State University.