This professional object oriented and parametric chip and mask layout package with a rich feature set is particularly useful when you are working in a dynamic and demanding environment.
Both for pick, place and routing as well as for custom lay-out activities, MaskEngineer is the most advanced solution in the marketplace for micro and nano technologies. For integrated photonics it is seamlessly integrated with domain specific simulations as mode-solvers and propagation simulators. Further it is capable of translating a photonic circuit design directly into a mask lay-out.
MaskEngineer provides the professional designer with the only object oriented design environment for mask lay-out. Parametric lay-out has as basic concept that lay-out and function of a component are related: changing the lay-out will change the functional parameters of a component and vice versa. This big step forward from simple drawing saves already a lot of time - but MaskEngineer goes one step further: object oriented mask layout allows for full connectivity between the different components in the chip or mask lay-out.
Describing these relations in a mathematical way allows to reduce design time considerably by being able to re-use designs much easier. During prototype stages variations in the design can be made trivially, either due to updated measurements, changes in technology or just more advanced modelling taking into account more physical effects.
Parametric layout has demonstrated its use in the micro-optics, where the concept was introduced around 1994, but is applicable in a much wider application range. The essential idea is to split up the layout of a component from its function and to describe the layout as a function of component properties.
A simple example is an office, you can describe it as "it is 4.2m * 4m, with a door in the middle" or you can say "it's big enough for 2", which could lead to a formula "4.2m * (amount of employees * 2m)".
MaskEngineer provides an extensive domain specific script language, focussing on the lay-out of a whole variety of micro and nano components.
It is widely used in the domain of photonic integration in technologies like: silicon photonics, compound semiconductors, InP photonic integrated circuits and TriPleX. Today, more and more organisations in MEMS and microfluidics are seeing the benefits of the object oriented and parametric approach.
If you are interested in mask plates, we can offer Maskplates for contact lithography too.
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