Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

January 2019

OptoDesigner 2018.12 Now Available

Key features in this release:

  • Bidirectional interface with OptSim Circuit: OptoDesigner natively supports OptSim Circuit compound component files. Contents of auto-routed links are saved back, as are changes made in OptoDesigner. Layout updates from OptoDesigner are natively supported at the schematic level in OptSim Circuit and vice versa.
  • Heavy parallelization in the Boolean and DRC routines; depending on the number of cores in your machine and the export operations, an up to 10-fold decrease in mask export time can be obtained.
  • Built-in support for optical and electrical autorouting in PDK framework.
  • Support for Synopsys Common Licensing (SCL).

For more details about these and other updates, please refer to the release notes included with the release software.

Obtaining the OptoDesigner Installer and License Files

The OptoDesigner installers are now available on the Synopsys SolvNet site at If you do not already have a SolvNet account, please email for information about how to sign up. You will continue to obtain license key files from our PIC Support team. 

Our PIC Design Suite is used by many designers around the world to access MPW services and work directly with R&D facilities and commercial foundries. On the OSG Customer Support Portal (, you will find an overview with the contact details to obtain the PDK installer for your foundry of choice. If you do not already have a portal account, please email for information about how to sign up.

RSoft Products Version 2018.12 Service Release 1 Now Available

RSoft Products 2018.12 Service Release 1 (2018.12-1) Now Available

The RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite and the RSoft Photonic System Design Suite (System Tools) version 2018.12 Service Release 1 (2018.12-1) include the following updates:

  • Minor interface and other changes for consistency with the OptoDesigner 2018.12 release
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

For more details about these and other updates, please refer to the readme file included with the release software.

Software and License Download Instructions

North America Customers 

Software and license key files for RSoft product direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNet website.

Users will not require new license files to run the RSoft Component Design Suite 2018.12-1 or RSoft System Tools 2018.12-1. 

If you need assistance accessing SolvNet or obtaining the RSoft product software and license codes, please contact


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.

Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) Training Silicon Valley

After three successful annual training events (2015-2017) with enthusiastic reactions, a fourth training is now organized in Santa Clara, CA. It covers all aspects needed for developing PICs such as a system level overview, a component tutorial, design & layout software, foundries, packaging, T&M, and business topics. During the hands-on training, participants will simulate, design, and layout PICs using a range of software tools. The training also addresses all key material systems (Si Photonics, InP-based, SiO2/Si3N4). The program has the full support of over 20 companies that span the complete photonic integration ecosystem, and includes several industry guest speakers as well as extensive networking opportunities, for example, in the form of facilitated group dinners.

Calendar of Events

For the latest event calendar, please go to our Events page.