Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

RSoft Component Design Suite 2016.09 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the RSoft™ Component Design Suite version 2016.09, which provides the following updates:

  • Improved interface with Synopsys’ Sentaurus TCAD product for modeling complex opto-electronic devices such as modulators and photodetectors. TCAD geometry can now be imported from a TDR file and utilized in both the RSoft CAD and simulations. The RSoft simulation tools, including FullWAVE, DiffractMOD, and others, are integrated into the Sentaurus Workbench for easy inclusion in a Sentaurus TCAD workflow. Also included are two new silicon photonics tutorials for a 3D silicon modulator and a 3D silicon germanium photodetector.
  • Advanced meshing controls for FullWAVE™ that can improve simulation efficiency in many applications such as silicon photonics and LED/OLEDs. Improvements include custom control of many grid parameters in specific materials and/or regions, the ability to set the grid size on a points-per-wavelength (PPW) basis in the local material, and an option to set the number of perfectly matched layer (PML) boundary points directly.
  • Improved graphene model with support for anisotropic (in-plane and out-of-plane) behavior, improved accuracy for temperature dependence, and more flexible model coefficients.
  • Improved DiffractMOD™ performance, including faster convergence with harmonics in some cases as well as more consistent conventions.
  • Official support for the Windows 10 platform.

Please refer to the RSoft Component Design Suite 2016.09 Release Notes, available on our Customer Support Portal, for more details about these and other updates included in the release.

Important Change for North American Customers

Effective October 2016, Synopsys has entered into an agreement with Beacon Concepts, LLC to distribute Synopsys RSoft products in North America. Beacon Concepts will now be responsible for quoting, invoicing, and collecting software orders from all North American customers using the RSoft products. RSoft product software and license files will be delivered by Beacon Concepts and not by Synopsys. The addition of Beacon Concepts gives Synopsys more resources to provide personalized software and license file delivery. Please see the following section for software and license file instructions. Please note that technical support will continue to be provided by Synopsys. Your primary way to receive RSoft technical support is to email the Technical Support team at

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers
RSoft software and license key files for direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet site at Contact to learn more about using SolvNet.

Note that we have switched our North American customers to our new distributor, Beacon Concepts. Customers in North America should now obtain RSoft software and license key files directly from Barbara Calt at

Product support is still handled directly by Synopsys. For help with RSoft products or software installation, contact

Distributor Customers (now including North America!)
For customers working with distributors, you will obtain your RSoft software and license key files from your local RSoft software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Global Contacts page, please contact us at for instructions.