PIXAPP Summer Software Training 2018

Enschede, The Netherlands

June 11-13, 2018

Synopsys presents a 2.5-day training on photonic design for packaging in the framework of project PIXAPP. 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 11th, 2018, 9:00-17:30

  • Morning - Seminar on PIXAPP Project Technology Development
    •  EPIC : Overview of the project technology development
      • Project development and technology overview
    • Technology overview sessions
      • Synopsys
  • Afternoon - Seminar on Software Tools for PIXAPP 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 PIXAPP
    • Synopsys : Guided demonstration - Complete PIC Design Flow using PIXAPP Assembly and Process Design Kit
  • Evening - Networking Dinner


Day 2 - Tuesday, June 12th, 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 Desig
    • 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 13th, 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

De Grolsch Veste
Colosseum 65
7521 PP Enschede

Accommodation and Travel

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

Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam NL) and Dusseldorf International Airport (Dusseldorf DE) are two international airports that are a reasonable distance from Enschede.

By Train
The best and easiest way to reach the venue is to travel to Enschede Drienerlo / Enschede Kennispark.

By Bus
By bus, take line 1 to the "University" to the "UT / Bastille" stop. Or, take bus 9 to "Hengelo", to stop at "UT / Kennispark." For times and rates, please visit: http://9292.nl/en.



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

PIXAPP is the world’s first open-access Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Assembly and Packaging Pilot line, and helps users exploit the breakthrough advantages of PIC technologies. PIXAPP consists of a highly-interdisciplinary team of Europe’s leading industrial & research organisations, and provides users with single-point access to PIC assembly and packaging. The Pilot Line Gateway Office is PIXAPP’s the easy-access interface for external users, and is located at the Tyndall National Institute, in Ireland. PIXAPP bridges the ‘valley of death’ often associated with moving from prototyping to low-volume fabrication, by giving companies an easy-access route to transferring R&D results to the market. For more information please visit www.pixapp.eu.