Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

August 2018

RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite 2018.03 Service Release 1 (2018.03-1) Now Available

The RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite 2018.03 Service Release 1 (2018.03-1) includes the following updates:

  • Improvements to Custom PDK Model generation for use in OptSim Circuit and PhoeniX OptoDesigner
  • Improvements to the calculation of RSoft BSDF files for use in LightTools
  • Beta versions of several features, including support for LightTools zone rotation when using RSoft BSDF files, expanded BSDF symmetry support, and XY GDS output. Email for details.
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

For more details about these and other updates, please refer to the RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite 2018.03-1 readme file included with the release software.

Software and License File Instructions

North America Customers

Customers in North America will obtain RSoft software and license key files from Beacon Concepts. Please contact Barbara Calt of Beacon Concepts at to obtain your software and license key files.

International Customers

International customers will obtain RSoft software and license key files from their local RSoft software distributor. 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.

PIC Design Workshop

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Workshop: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
IEEE Group IV Photonics Conference
Cancun, Mexico

Please join us for a half-day workshop on electro-photonic design automation (EPDA) for photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which will be held in advance of the IEEE Group IV Photonics (GFP) 2018 conference in Cancun, Mexico.

The workshop is for 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.

At the workshop, there will be an overview of the Synopsys software tools for integrated photonics design and manufacturing. The workshop will present Synopsys’s top-down flow and photonic tool chain including OptSim Circuit for PIC schematic entry and simulation, PhoeniX OptoDesigner for PIC layout and mask generation, and the RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite for device design and custom PDK development. The workshop will feature live demonstrations of the Synopsys tools.

Following is the agenda of the workshop:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of tools and schematic-driven design flow
  • Synopsys tool chain: OptSim Circuit, PhoeniX Software OptoDesigner, RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite, Sentaurus TCAD
  • Training and live demonstration: 
  • OptSim Circuit for schematic-driven PIC design
  • PhoeniX OptoDesigner for mask layout and verification
  • Custom PDK component development using RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite
  • Opto-electronic component design using Sentaurus TCAD and RSoft Component Design Suite
  • Conclusion

The workshop will be held at the conference site and is open to all conference attendees at no charge. Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided by Synopsys.

Customer Networking Luncheon at SPIE Optics + Photonics

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 
Bayside Pavilion Room 
333 W Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101

Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group cordially invites you to a luncheon reception at the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference in San Diego, CA. Join us for food and drinks, talk with our RSoft products experts, share ideas with other users, and learn about our latest software innovations.

In addition, Donald O'Shea, Professor Emeritus of Georgia Institute of Technology, and Julie Bentley, Associate Professor of Optics at University of Rochester, will be available to sign copies of their new book to be published by SPIE Press, "Designing Optics Using CODE V." The book demonstrates how to design optical systems using CODE V, from lens definition to the description and evaluation of lens errors and onto the improvement of lens performance.

Please RSVP before August 15 if you plan to attend the luncheon. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Fall 2018 Training

We are taking registrations for our upcoming RSoft products training sessions. Visit our website for more information, and to register online today. Seats are limited, minimum enrollments apply.

RSoft Component Tools Training

October 22-24, 2018
Synopsys, Inc.
400 Executive Boulevard, Suite 101
Ossining, NY 10562

RSoft System Tools Training

October 25-26, 2018
Synopsys, Inc.
400 Executive Boulevard, Suite 101
Ossining, NY 10562