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At Synopsys Photonic Solutions, we hope that you are staying safe and well. COVID-19 but that doesn't mean we have to be virtually distant! We are here for you ⁠— our support team continues to develop training materials for digital formats like our webinar series, tutorial videos, and online summits. Our commitment to your success is our highest priority.

New Application Note: Measurement of Total Jitter in High-Speed Serial I/O Links from the BER Bath-Tub Curves Using OptSim and ModeSYS

Jitter is a measure of the short-term time variations of the significant instances of a digital signal from their ideal positions in time. If these variations are very slow (within 10 Hz as per ITU), they are known as wander. 

Jitter affects extraction of clock and network timing. Although receivers in OptSim do not use clock and data recovery (CDR) circuits, it is possible to analyze jitter-induced penalties using OptSim™. The three main sources of jitter are: (i) system-related sources such as crosstalk, dispersion, reflections, and interference; (ii) data-dependent sources such as inter-symbo interference and duty-cycle distortion; and (iii) random noise in the system.

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AIM Photonics/Analog Photonics SiP Process Design Kit v4.0 Enhances Circuit Simulations

Synopsys and Analog Photonics are pleased to announce that a new, sign-off ready process design kit (PDK) based on Analog Photonics’ silicon photonics (SiP) design library is now available for the PIC Design Suite, which includes the OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner tools complemented with Synopsys’ physical verification solution IC Validator.

Our PDK provides a large suite of components including, but not limited to, 100G capable modulators and detectors,” said Dr. Erman Timurdogan, Director of PDK Development at Analog Photonics. “With PDK v4.0, users have access to statistical models of these components based on the experimental data. The statistical models allow for prediction of the performance, yield, and corner analysis without spending the time and money to fabricate and test it.”

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Synopsys Expands Modeling Capabilities for InP-Based PIC Design with the Latest FhG-HHI Process Design Kit

Synopsys is pleased to announce that a new, production-ready process design kit (PDK) for Fraunhofer HHI’s Indium Phosphide (InP) integrated photonics process is now available for the PIC Design Suite. In addition to updates for layout and design rule checking (DRC), a complete model library has been implemented for OptSim Circuit to support InP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design and simulation.

This HHI PDK version 5.4.1 for Synopsys’ PIC Design Suite enables designers to design the circuit schematic, simulate the behavior with the HHI PDK building blocks, and then synthesize and verify a manufacturable layout. The FhG-HHI design kit supports MPW runs provided by HHI via technology broker JePPIX or in direct commercial collaboration with HHI.

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Webinars May 2020

If you missed our May Webinars or would like to watch them again at your convenience, visit our Customer Support Portal to view the recorded presentations on-demand! 


Designing Mode MUX/DEMUX Structures for Spatial Division Multiplexing Systems

Aired: May 18, 2020

Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) for optical fiber transmission is useful for overcoming the capacity limit of wavelength division multiplexing. SDM increases the spectral efficiency per fiber by multiplexing the signals in orthogonal LP modes in few-mode fibers (FMFs) and multi-core fibers (MCFs).

In this webinar, we discuss the different types of mux/demux structures, their characteristics, modeling techniques, as well as parameter optimization approaches to equalize mode-dependent loss and compensate for differential mode delays.

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Design of Subwavelength Color Filters

Aired: May 26, 2020

Today’s camera designs often need to meet market requirements for increased resolution and smaller form factors. This miniaturization requires smaller pixels and a redesign of traditional CMOS image sensor geometry, including color filters.

Many color filters use traditional absorptive dyes, which makes them more susceptible to crosstalk with smaller pixel sizes. These color filters can also fade over time.

In this webinar, we explore two alternative color filter types that can be used in next-generation imaging systems:

  • Plasmonic-based color filters built from thin metal films
  • Dielectric color filters built from dielectric materials

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On-Demand Resources

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

Explore Synopsys’ photonic design flow with our online demo miniseries, now available on YouTube. These quick presentations highlight Synopsys’ latest design features in our Photonic Solutions platform. Watch the following videos at your convenience:

o    Simulating Opto-Electronic Devices

o   Bringing LiDAR Into PIC Technology

o   Designing Modulators for Data Communication

o   Simulating Diffractive Optical Elements for AR/VR

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 (

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. 

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Recent Events

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

Online May 2020

March 18, 2020

Designing Mode MUX/DEMUX Structures for Spatial Division Multiplexing Systems

9:00 - 9:30 am PDT

10:00 - 10:30 CEST

May 19, 2020

Synopsys at AngelTech Online Summit

12:00 GMT

14:00 CEST

8:00 am Eastern US

May 26, 2020

Design of subwavelength color filters

9:00 - 9:30 am PDT

10:00 - 10:30 CEST

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