Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

Photonic Solutions from Synopsys Are Helping Enable a New Era of Moore's Law!

At SNUG World 2021, Synopsys chairman and co-chief executive Aart de Geus unveiled a portfolio of design tools that will enable a new era of Moore’s Law – called SysMoore – to achieve groundbreaking advances in computational power. Synopsys Photonic Solutions will have an important role in these advances with its unified platform to develop photonic-enabled chips more quickly for the next generation of optical communications, sensing, and bio-photonics products.

We are excited to announce an enhanced electro-photonic design platform that includes the OptSim Elite and Photonic Device Compiler tools to accelerate the development of photonic ICs (PICs). Both OptSim Elite and Photonic Device Compiler work seamlessly with the OptoCompiler design cockpit.

OptSim Elite

OptSim Elite is an OptoCompiler-interoperable simulator which, in addition to OptSim Circuit’s PIC capabilities, provides electro-optic co-simulation with Synopsys HSPICE and PrimeSim (FineSim) electrical circuit simulators, and adds single- and multimode fiber-optic system modeling capabilities within the simulation and analysis environment.

Photonic Device Compiler

Photonic Device Compiler provides a wide range of physical simulation methods in a single tool. The software can automatically add device simulation results to a custom device library, process design kit (PDK), or IP library. Custom devices can be used in Synopsys’ PIC software solutions for schematic capture, circuit-level simulation, layout, and verification.

If you’re interested in learning more about how OptoCompiler, OptSim Elite and Photonic Device Compiler can help speed PIC development, contact us with your questions and we'll be happy to get you started.

New Technical Paper: Are Electrical Circuit Languages Robust Enough for Photonics?

Traditionally, chip designers for fiber-optic systems using electronic design automation (EDA) tools frequently needed a way to model photonic components in the same design environment with the electronics. Examples include modeling lasers or modulators with their electrical driver circuits, or modeling transimpedance amplifier (TIA) and receiver electronics with the photodetector. These designs focused primarily on optimizing electronics. Since the electronic component count is usually several orders higher than the photonic component count, it was typically sufficient to model a few photonic components through electrically equivalent circuit representations using SPICE or Verilog-A. It is no surprise that when photonic integrated circuits (PICs) picked up rmomentum, early electro-optical co-design approaches continued. However, the question needs to be asked: Is this the right approach to model photonics in PICs?

Download the paper

Upcoming Online Tech Talk

From Optical Fibers to Transceivers: Inter-Datacenter System Design

Join this online presentation to learn how Synopsys provides your teams the exact tools they need for efficient photonic inter-datacenter systems design.

Our team of experts will demonstrate how the market is driving optical fiber design and photonic transmitter architectures in new directions. You will learn how to optimize system design for increased efficiencies. Key takeaways will include:

  • How photonic integration plays a major role in system design for improved performance and reduced costs
  • How optical fiber design can solve challenges in data center interconnections
  • How applications shape transceiver design considerations
  • How to use wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) to pack more data into optical fibers


Maryvonne Chalony | Synopsys

Maryvonne Chalony Ph.D., Business Development Manager at Synopsys

Presentation Details

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
4:00 p.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time)
Duration: 1 hour
Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Luis Orbe | Synopsys

Luis Orbe Ph.D., Customer Support Coordinator


Attend our upcoming session of RSoft Photonic Device Tools Discovery Training.

Key topics include:

  • Introduction to simulation methodology used by the RSoft Photonic Device Tools
  • Introduction to the RSoft CAD where the geometry and optical properties of a design are set
  • Inspection process of a design
  • Type of sources/monitors available
  • Introduction to a waveguide study
  • Introduction to the parametric scan capability

RSoft Discovery Training
June 3, 2021
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CEST
Attendance is free, but registration is required.

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:

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Upcoming Events

OFC Conference

Technical Conference June 6–10, 2021
Exhibition June 7-11, 2021

Synopsys virtual booth

Program & Speakers

Synopsys Presentation at OFC

Synopsys Photonic IC Platform: Enabling Seamless Design of Communications, Sensing, and Imaging Products

Presented by Twan Korthorst, Director, Synopsys Photonic Solutions
Thursday, June 10, 2021

17:00–17:30 PDT (UTC-07:00)