Synopsys PIC Training – East Coast. From Idea to Fabrication

Rochester, New York

May 14-17 2019

The University of Rochester and Synopsys present a four-day training course on design for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The course will help academic and corporate participants understand the development of PICs and the role of software automation in PIC design, simulation, and fabrication.

Participants will receive an overview of the integrated photonics eco-system, together with an introduction to Synopsys PIC design tools and how they support integrated photonics design and manufacturing.

The course will feature live demonstrations and a hands-on session using Synopsys PIC design tools for PDK-driven PIC design. During the hands-on session, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with the software under the guidance of expert technical staff from Synopsys.



Day 1: PIC Industry Overview

09:00 - 09:45 Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:45 - 10:30 Driving the PIC Revolution

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30 Synopsys PIC Design Suite

11:30 - 12:15 Benjamin Miller, University of Rochester: 
                          Sensing Applications in Silicon Photonics

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Introduction to Photonic Circuit simulation using OptSim Circuit


Day 2: Layout Generation

09:00 - 09:45 Introduction to Mask Layout and Foundy Process Design Kits (PDKs) Using OptoDesigner

09:45 - 10:30 Hands-on: Mask Layout using PDK

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30 Hands on: AutoRouting and Phase-aware Photonic Design

11:30 - 12:15 Edward White, AIM Photonics: Moving the Photonics Industry Forward, 
                          the AIM Photonics TAP Facility

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 15:00 Visit to AIM Photonics TAP Facility


Day 3: Circuit Simulation of PIC

09:00 - 09:45 Hands - on: Photonic Circuit Design using OptSim Circuit

09:45 - 10:30 Hands-on: Modulators

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30 Hands on: PDK-Based Design and Simulation

11:30 - 12:15 David Harame, AIM Photonics: Enabling PIC Design with AIM  Photonics

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 15:00 Hands-on: Impact of Foundry Process Variations in Fabrication


Day 4: Component Simulation

09:00 - 09:45 Introduction to Synopsys PIC Component Design using RSoft Device Tools

09:45 - 10:30 Hands-on: Creating and Simulation Passive Components

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:30 Hands on: Creating Custom PDK Model 

11:30 - 12:15 Industrial Overview 

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Hands-on: Complete Design Flow

14:00 - 15:00 Hands-on: Design Rule Checking and LVS

Registration Information

The training is free for all attendees that register to the event.
Limited to 40 seats.


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 (no MacOS or Linux supported)
  • 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

109 Goergen Hall
University of Rochester
480 Intercampus Drive
Rochester, NY 14620

Supported by

EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, coordinates EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps and pavilions at exhibitions.



University of Rochester 

AIM Photonics