Nazca: simple != limited
open innovation with state-of-the art professional open source tooling
We imagined the Photonic IC design tool that would best support our commercial and research work. With a team of professional photonic designers we created Nazca.
Nazca is an open-source PIC tool based on Python-3. It makes use of the high-end open-source Klayout mask viewer/editor, which is extremely popular in the photonics community. Nazca, makes design simpler and more fun by adding many features lacking in most commercial tools, but which are critical for the designer to deliver high-quality designs efficiently. This ranges from embedding hierarchical design in the script syntax to visualisation schemes in mask layout.