MIRPHAB Summer Software Training 2018

St-Blaise, Switzerland

June 4-6, 2018

Synopsys presents a 2.5-day training on photonic design for packaging in the framework of project MIRPHAB. The training is aimed at application and R&D engineers as well as managers interested in understanding the development of PICs and the role of software automation in their design, simulation, and fabrication procedures.

RSoft Component Tools

Synopsys will describe the components of an Assembly Design Kit (ADK) and a Process Design Kit (PDK). This training will feature live training and hands-on demonstration of the Synopsys PIC Design Tools for a top-down design flow using OptoDesigner. During the hands-on session, attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with the software under the guidance of technical staff from the company.


Day 1 - Monday, June 4th, 2018, 9:00-17:30

  • Morning - Seminar on MIRPHAB Project Technology Development
    • EPIC : Overview of the project technology development
      • Project development and technology overview
    • Technology overview sessions
      • CEA-Leti
      • Alpes Lasers
  • Afternoon - Seminar on Software Tools for MIRPHAB Project Development
    • Synopsys : Introduction to software tools and overview of project specific modules
      • Introduction to Assembly Design Kits (ADK) and Process Design Kits (PDK) for MIRPHAB
    • Synopsys : Guided demonstration - Complete PIC Design Flow using MIRPHAB Assembly and Process Design Kit
  • Evening - Networking Dinner


Day 2 - Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, 9:00-17:30

  • Morning - Hands-on session : Introduction to OptoDesigner
    • Relative Connectivity : Use of mask layout elements
    • Autorouting module : Automation of Optical and Electrical connections within a PIC Design
    • Building Block creation : Definition of user specific mask layout elements - Create your own building block library
    • Design Rule Checking : Verification of a PIC Design
  • Afternoon - Hands-on session : Use of specific software modules within the project framework
    • Structure and Functionalities of an ADK in OptoDesigner
      • 3D element use and visualization in OptoDesigner : Packaging overview
      • Electrical simulation of ADK elements
      • Assembly step definition and DRC : Error avoidance on assembly steps - Advanced use of an ADK


Day 3 - Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, 9:00-13:30

  • Morning - Technology use for users
    • Hands-on session : Design with experts - Application cases
    • Round table with End Users
    • Lab tour

Registration Information

Registration and Fees

This training is free for all project members. Registration is mandatory to ensure available infrastructure resources.

Non-project members : 100 EUR


We ask for all participants to bring their own laptop with full administrative rights, as well as to make sure their laptops fulfill the following minimum system requirements:

  • Windows 7 or newer (64 bits)
  • WiFi card
  • 3 GB free hard disk space
  • 2 GB RAM memory
  • 1 USB port

During the training sessions, the participants will be required to install a third party software that will allow them to access a cloud-base service, where the PIC Design Tools are pre-installed for their convenience.

Location and Directions

Alpes Lasers SA 
Avenue des Pâquiers 1
2072 St-Blaise

The main local train station is the Neuchatel station, which is 70 minutes from Geneva Airport and 110 minutes from Zurich airport.  From there, you can get to our premises using local trains (S5, S20 or S52 train with stop at St-Blaise Lac) or buses (bus 107 with stop at Sous-les-Vignes).

For additional information please visit the following link: http://www.alpeslasers.ch/?a=50,61

Accommodation and Travel

All attendees are required to cover their own traveling and booking expenses.

For accommodation we suggest the hotel ""Alpes et Lac" (https://www.alpesetlac.ch) located in Neuchâtel, which is situated 50 meters away from the train station.


About Alpes Lasers SA

Alpes Lasers SA is a Swiss company specialized in the development and fabrication of advanced light sources in the infrared (IR) spectral range. Our company was founded 18 years ago and was the first company in the world to commercialize Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs). These lasers are becoming increasingly important in gas sensing applications based on IR spectroscopy as they can be designed to target many molecular absorption lines.

About Synopsys

Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group is a leading developer of optical design and analysis tools that model all aspects of light propagation, enabling users to product accurate virtual prototypes leading to manufacturable optical systems. Our innovative optical ray trace software packages include CODE V® imaging design software, LightTools® illumination design software, LucidShape® products for automotive lighting, the RSoft™ products for photonic and optical network design, and the PhoeniX Software tools for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) layout and verification.

Partners and Logos

(Mid InfraRed Photonics devices fabrication for chemical sensing and spectroscopic applications) is an all-services Pilot Line for the fabrication of Mid-Infrared sensors, a single access point to the best technology, facilities and expertise provided by a consortium of leading companies in the field of photonics. MIRPHAB will be an open technology platform with special focus on SMEs, providing services for device design and fabrication from chip processing on wafer level to packaging and testing as well as training services to customers. MIRPHAB reduces the barriers to introduce your chemical sensor into the market by granting your proposal up 230k€. For more information please visit www.mirphab.eu.