February 2020

In this issue:


Synopsys Photonic Solutions support all your cutting-edge photonic and PIC technologies!

In a time of autonomous driving, self-flying vehicles, and 5G networks, the need for reliable, robust photonic components and systems is higher than ever. With Synopsys Photonic Solutions, we are committed to providing you with the best software tools to simulate and design the components you need to build next-generation technologies. Our Photonic Solutions software tools cover a wide range of features, from photonic device development and PDK creation (RSoft Photonic Device Tools), system design (Photonic System Tools) and photonic IC design (PIC Design Suite). Integration with Sentaurus TCAD, HSPICE and IC Validator supports development of advanced electro-optical devices including modulators and photodetectors, electronic-photonic circuits, and sign-off DRC and LVS of PIC designs. With our interfaces to CODE V and LightTools, the RSoft Photonic Device Tools enable optical designers to develop leading-edge illumination and image-forming systems.

We are proud to help our customers innovate consumer and industrial communication, sensing, and imaging applications with our enhanced algorithms, new design capabilities, and faster simulations.

Thank you for your trust!

OFC: The Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition

Visit Synopsys booth #3029 at OFC, March 8-12, 2020,  in San Diego to learn about the latest innovations in our photonic design and IP solutions:

·  RSoft Photonic Device Tools

·  Photonic System Tools

·  PIC Design Suite

·  DesignWare IP for High Performance Computing and Networking SoCs

Please also join us for the following talks presented by our team at OFC:

We are looking forward to seeing you at OFC, If you would like to find out the best PIC Design Flow strategy for your company contact us to arrange a meeting at photonics_support@synopsys.com, we will be happy to support your business growth.

New Application Note: Simulation of Multi-Mode and Polarization in a Photonic Integrated Circuit

PIC Polarization | Synopsys

Multi-mode operation and polarization conversion/splitting are common design challenges in photonic integrated devices and circuits. It can be especially difficult to model them correctly and efficiently. In our latest PIC application note, we demonstrate how to address these challenges with our full design flow, which combines device (RSoft Photonic Device Tools), circuit simulation (OptSim Circuit), and layout tools (OptoDesigner). Read the application note.

On-Demand Resources

See our latest on-demand resources to optimize your use of our product portfolio:

Synopsys Photonic Solutions PDKs

Synopsys Photonic Solutions has the most comprehensive PIC foundry support in the industry, with Process Design Kits (PDKs) for photonic processes such as silicon, silicon nitride, indium phosphide, polymers, and silica-on-glass. Our PIC Design Suite has enabled more than 1,500 tape-outs.

Our Customer Support Portal lists all supported PDKs for Multi Project Wafer and runs, as well as details about supported tool versions and how to gain access to PDKs. The latest updates include:

  • The imec PDK now fully supports Synopsys PIC Design Suite bi-directional interface, combining the strengths of OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner and supporting Schematic Drive Layout. The PDK contains technology-specific information including mask layer names, design rules, validated building blocks for both circuit simulation and layout generation, die templates, and GDS stream outsettings.

EUROPRACTICE offers access to imec Multi Project Wafer services, the schedule for the Multi Project Wafer runs can be found here.

Follow Us on LinkedIn and Twitter

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter! This is an easy way to discover our latest events, seminars, webinars, application notes, industry news, and much more. 

Customer Support Portal

Current customers can access RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Photonic System Tools and PIC Design Suite resources and content at any time on the Customer Support Portal (https://opticsportal.synopsys.com).

If you haven’t already registered for Portal access, consider registering for an account today!

Once your account is activated, an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your login information. 

Visit the Customer Support Portal

Our Support Email Address Has Changed

We are excited to announce a new support email address for all Photonic Solutions tools: photonics_support@synopsys.com. We invite you to direct your questions for the RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Photonic System Tools (OptSim, ModeSYS), and the PIC Design Suite (OptoDesigner, OptSim Circuit) to this new address. Please update your address book to remove the old addresses (rsoft_support @synopsys.com and/or pic_support @synospys.com).

We look forward to supporting you via our new address photonics_support@synopsys.com!

Upcoming Events & Conferences

For a complete list, please go to our Events Page.

March 8-12, 2020

The San Diego Convention Center 
Booth 3029
San Diego, CA
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March 31 - April 1, 2020

PIC International
Brussels, Belgium
Learn More

April 3, 2020

9:00am - 12:30pm CET

Optical Transceiver Design for datacom applications using a PAM4 Photonic IC