Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

September 2014

RSoft System and Network Tools 2014.09 Available Now

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2014.09 of the RSoft™ System and Network Tools, which include OptSim™, OptSim Circuit, ModeSYS™, and MetroWAND™.

Software and License File Download Instructions

Customers in the U.S., Canada, and Other Direct-Sales Locations

Software and license key files for RSoft product customers in the U.S., Canada and other direct-sales locations are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website. You will need the following to install RSoft products version 2014.09:

  • RSoft product software: You can download the RSoft products at
    If you do not already have a SolvNet account, information on how to sign up for one can be found on our website.
  • License key file: You will need version 2014.09 license key files for this RSoft products release. This will replace your existing RSoft license files. You can download license key files from the SmartKeys page on SolvNet at
  • SCL installer: You will need SCL version 11.7 or higher of Synopsys Common Licensing from the Electronic Software Transfer (EST) System on SolvNet. You can download this from

Complete instructions about obtaining your RSoft products software, license key files and the SCL installer are available in the RSoft Installation Guide at

To learn more about navigating SolvNet to obtain RSoft products software and license key files, view our SolvNet overview video.

International Customers

For international customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license key files from your local RSoft software distributor. Your distributor will provide the SCL installer that enables the licensing functionality. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions.

Key New Features in RSoft System Tools 2014.09

RSoft System Tools

The RSoft Component Design Suite includes the following new features:

  • Introduces OptSim Circuit 
    • New tool for the design automation of next-generation single- and multi-stage photonic integrated circuits (PICs)
    • Models bi-directional propagation for both optical and electrical signals
    • Models multipath interference from network and PIC elements
    • Provides a unified platform to evaluate and optimize the impact of PIC performance on the overall system when used with the OptSim tool
    • Delivers powerful options for design setup, data visualization, plotting and management of project resources
Modeling Tool for Photonic Circuits

OptSim Circuit: Modeling Tool for Photonic Circuits 

Comparison between OptSim Circuit approach for PIC modeling and the analytical models

Comparison between OptSim Circuit approach for PIC modeling
     and the analytical models 

  • DSP algorithm for coherent PM-QPSK transceiver in MATLAB with training sequence-based equalization, constellation plotting and bit error rate (BER) counting
  • 400G transmission systems with next-generation modulation formats such as nQAM and dual-carrier PM-QPSK
  • New application notes to follow industry trends
Application Notes on Coherent Fiber Optic Systems Design

Application Notes on Coherent Fiber Optic Systems Design

Key New Features in MetroWAND 2014.09

MetroWAND 2014.09 includes the following new features:

  • Colorless, Directionless and Contentionless (CDC) Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) Network Design
  • New features to support ITU-T Optical Transport Network (OTN) design standards
  • Graphical user interface usability improvements
  • Reports produced in Excel format

Important Changes to RSoft Products Platform Support

Beginning with this release, RSoft products no longer support the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4
  • All 32-bit Windows and Linux versions

RSoft products version 2014.09 and beyond only officially support the following platforms:

  • 64-bit Windows 7
  • 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 and 6

If you have any questions, please contact

For More Information

If you have any questions about the RSoft Component Design Suite 2014.09, please contact

The following resources are available on our Customer Support Portal:

  • RSoft System Tools 2014.09 Release Notes
  • RSoft MetroWAND 2014.09 Release Notes
  • RSoft System Tools 2014.09 new feature videos