Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

December 2012

We are pleased to announce the availability of the following Synopsys RSoft product updates:

  • RSoft MetroWAND version 4.0

  • RSoft Component Design Suite version 9.0 Service Release 12

  • RSoft System Tools version 5.3 Service Release 1

In This Issue:

New Features in RSoft MetroWAND 4.0

MetroWAND 4.0 includes the following new features:

  • New Graphical User Interface (GUI)
    • New framework
    • Chart tool
    • Global Equipment Library and Fiber Library
    • Multiple network views 

  • Equipment Library supporting additional components
    • Muxponders and transponders
    • Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM)
    • Dual Stage Amplifiers
    • Dispersion Compensation Modules (DCM)
    • Variable Optical Attenuators 

  • Optical Engineering, additional features
    • Custom Channel Plan
    • Custom Channel Allocation per traffic type
    • User Optical Component placement at nodes 

  • Enhanced optical network layer performance simulation
    • Fiber non-linear effects simulation
    • Polarization Mode Dispersion Computation (PMD)
    • Forward Error Correction Methods (FEC), RS 255 239, BCH BCH 11

New Features in RSoft Component Design Suite version 9.0 Service Release 12

The RSoft Component Design Suite version 9.0-12 includes the following new features:

  • Important new simulation features for BeamPROP, FullWAVE, and DiffractMOD. For details about the new features added to each tool, see the readme file for Component Design Suite 9.0-12, which is available on SolvNet.

  • The RSoft field file format has been expanded to include named parameters in the header.  Parameters such as wavelength, index of refraction, etc. are now included in some instances.  This will be expanded in the future.

  • Updated CODEV import/export which takes advantage of the above to preserve the wavelength and other information when going back and forth between formats. Previously, it was necessary to separately specify this information in the conversion process. Now, when it exists, it is automatically converted.

  • The semiconductor properties tab of the material editor has been updated to relocate the common controls on the face of the tab rather than in a buried dialog. Furthermore, settings, such as doping, can now reference the global symbol table.

  • Expanded the ability to control MOST clustering from the command line. This is an advanced feature. Contact Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group at for details.

New Features in RSoft System Tools version 5.3 Service Release 1

The RSoft System Tools version 5.3-1 includes the following new features:

  • Added Touchstone filter compatibility with input files with case-insensitive headers.
  • Changed the lower-limit bandwidth electrical power meter from zero to an expression based on simulation bandwidth and maximum number of simulation points.

  • Improved sample-mode handling of interferometric systems and systems relying on temporal alignment of signals belonging to different branches. This includes identifying and removing spurious signal samples introduced by the engine when splitting the project execution in different sections.

  • Added support for Matlab R2012b

  • Upgraded license driver to work on Windows 8

  • Fixed bug in OptSim’s block-mode Spectrum Analyzer in which the x-axis was not being scaled properly.

  • Fixed bug that prevented renaming and rearranging of Symbol Table parameters. 

Software and License File Download Instructions

Customers in the U.S. and Canada Only:

RSoft product downloads for customers in the U.S. and Canada are now available on the Synopsys SolvNet web site. If you have already registered for a SolvNet account, you can download RSoft products at:

If you do not already have a SolvNet account, you can learn how to sign up for one in the document, Obtaining RSoft Software and License Keys.

To obtain a license file for RSoft products, please email

For installation and additional support, email us at

International Customers:

For customers outside the U.S. and Canada, please contact your local RSoft software distributor to obtain your software and license files. See the Distributors page on the RSoft website for contact information.  If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions.

For More Information

For more information about the RSoft product updates or inquiries for annual maintenance renewals, please contact us at