PCell: Basics


In this step by step guide we build a simple ring resonator PCell from scratch to illustrate how parametric cells (PCells) work in IPKISS. Of course ring resonators and other commonly used components are part of our standard library. You will not need to do this systematically for every component. Nevertheless, it is a good example to learn how to make layouts in IPKISS.

Ring resonator

A layout of a ring resonator with the used parameters


  1. Learn the concepts of PCells, Properties and Views
  2. Learn the concepts of process purpose layers
  3. Learn how to add elements to a layout
  4. Learn how to visualize a layout
  5. Learn how to write to gdsii


  1. Ipkiss installed