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RSoft Products Release 2015.06 Available Now: Software and License File Download Instructions

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2015.06 of the RSoft™ Component Design Suite and RSoft System Tools.

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 2015.06:

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 the RSoft Component Design Suite 2015.06

RSoft Component Design Suite

The RSoft Component Design Suite includes the following new features:

  • FullWAVE™ FDTD simulations can now contain both anisotropic and dispersive materials. This provides designers with highly accurate simulations of photonic structures that contain metals and other materials with complex dispersion characteristics.

  • New FullWAVE options to arbitrarily rotate and vary the crystal axes of anisotropic materials simplify the simulation of LCDs containing multiple anisotropic layers at different orientations.
 New FullWAVE options

  • Increased efficiency of FullWAVE simulations when used on multi-CPU computers yields speed increases of up to 3x.

  • The Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) Utility has been updated with ease-of-use improvements, greater flexibility, and support for silicon-based AWGs.
The Arrayed Waveguide Grating (AWG) Utility

  • Updated Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Function (BSDF) capabilities include a graphical user interface for the calculation of BSDF files and improved handling of dispersion by the RSoft BSDF User Defined Optical Property (UDOP) interface for use with Synopsys’ LightTools® illumination design software.
Updated Bidirectional Scattering Distribution Function (BSDF) capabilities

  • New features in The RSoft CAD Environment™ help make design creation and management faster and easier, especially when working with multiple design files.

Key New Features in the RSoft System Tools 2015.06

RSoft System Tools

The RSoft Systems Tools, including OptSim™, OptSim Circuit, and ModeSYS™, include the following new features:

  • In OptSim Circuit, IMEC foundry Process Design Kits (PDKs) help photonic chip designers incorporate foundry-specific components into their circuit designs, bringing them closer to the foundry process ecosystem. In addition, new traveling wave Mach-Zehnder modulator circuit components provide designers with an insight into complex bidirectional optical and RF signal interactions.
  • In OptSim, a MATLAB library of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms for coherent transceivers gives designers flexibility to pick and choose from the supplied library of DSP algorithms, make changes, or incorporate their own algorithms and evaluate system performance.
  • In ModeSYS, modeling of large-core step-index multimode fibers based on the Gloge power-flow approach provides a more efficient approach to modeling large-core (200 microns and larger) multimode fibers and analyzing encircled angular flux (EAF).

For More Information

If you have any questions about the RSoft Products release 2015.06, please contact

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RSoft Component Design Suite 2015.06

  • Release Notes
  • New feature videos

RSoft System Tools 2015.06

  • Release Notes