Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

January 2019

OptoDesigner 2018.12 Now Available

Key features in this release:

  • Bidirectional interface with OptSim Circuit: OptoDesigner natively supports OptSim Circuit compound component files. Contents of auto-routed links are saved back, as are changes made in OptoDesigner. Layout updates from OptoDesigner are natively supported at the schematic level in OptSim Circuit and vice versa.
  • Heavy parallelization in the Boolean and DRC routines; depending on the number of cores in your machine and the export operations, an up to 10-fold decrease in mask export time can be obtaine
  • Built-in support for optical and electrical autorouting in PDK framework.
  • Support for Synopsys Common Licensing (SCL).

For more details about these and other updates, please refer to the release notes included with the release software.

Obtaining the OptoDesigner Installer and License Files

The OptoDesigner installers are now available on the Synopsys SolvNet site at If you do not already have a SolvNet account, please email for information about how to sign up. You will continue to obtain license key files from our PIC Support team. 

Our PIC Design Suite is used by many designers around the world to access MPW services and work directly with R&D facilities and commercial foundries. On the OSG Customer Support Portal (, you will find an overview with the contact details to obtain the PDK installer for your foundry of choice. If you do not already have a portal account, please email for information about how to sign up.

Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Training Silicon Valley

After three successful annual training events (2015-2017) with enthusiastic reactions, a fourth training is now organized in Santa Clara, CA. It covers all aspects needed for developing PICs such as a system level overview, a component tutorial, design & layout software, foundries, packaging, T&M, and business topics. During the hands-on training, participants will simulate, design, and layout PICs using a range of software tools. The training also addresses all key material systems (Si Photonics, InP-based, SiO2/Si3N4). The program has the full support of over 20 companies that span the complete photonic integration ecosystem, and includes several industry guest speakers as well as extensive networking opportunities, for example, in the form of facilitated group dinners.

Calendar of Events

For the latest event calendar, please go to our Events page.