Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

Photonic Solutions Quarterly Update

This newsletter provides the latest information on Synopsys Photonic Solutions including product announcements, new papers, tech talks, upcoming events, and more.

Photonic Symposium 2021: Materials On Demand

In September 2021, industry experts joined the Synopsys Photonic Symposium to convey the current state of the integrated photonics market and its diverse end applications. Read our blog article and watch the presentations on our YouTube channel.

New Releases Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2021.09-1 of OptoCompiler, OptSim, and the RSoft Photonic Device Tools. For details about the updates as well as software and license file instructions, visit:

Release Highlights

On November 9, we released version 2021.09-1 of OptoCompiler, OptSim and Photonic Device Compiler. Updates include:

  • E/O co-simulation is now more integrated than ever
  • OptoDesigner script files can now be encrypted
  • Engineering notation support added to tcls helper function
  • A new thermal phase shifter model that allows analytic and data file-based modeling of thermal phase shift in PICs
  • New gain and amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) data file-based behavioral model of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA)
  • New behavioral model of lasers based on measured power vs. current (L-I) curve
  • Improved models for waveguides and phase shifters that account for parametric variations in effective index files as a function of device geometry
  • Improved photodetector model now has an additional frequency response option
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

New Paper Available

Co-Packaged Optics and the Evolution of Switch/Optical Interconnects in Data Centers

The data networking industry is moving toward the adoption of co-packaged optics. Learn about the benefits and challenges that co-packaged optics introduce. Download paper

AIM Photonics Membership and IC Validator Certification

Synopsys renewed its membership with AIM Photonics, one of nine United States Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, which are industry-driven, public-private partnerships that focus the nation's premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership. Since 2015, Synopsys has partnered with AIM Photonics to provide software tools, training, education, and design expertise to help accelerate the transition of integrated photonics solutions from innovation to manufacturing. 

AIM Photonics has certified the Synopsys IC Validator solution for physical verification sign-off of photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Used in combination with Synopsys photonic integrated circuit design solutions, IC Validator enables design rule checking (DRC) for the AIM Photonics manufacturing process. Read the news release

On-Demand Tech Talks

Simulation of Micro-LEDs with RSoft Photonic Device Tools

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From Optical Fibers to Transceivers: Inter-Datacenter System Design

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Photonic Solutions 2021.03 New Features Presentation

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Metalens Design and Simulation with RSoft Photonic Device Tools and CODE V

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Upcoming Events and Training

RSoft Photonic Device Tools Discovery Training

January 11, 2022 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CET
Online via Zoom
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Photonics West

Photonics West
Conferences and Courses: January 22–27, 2022
Exhibition: January 25–27, 2022
San Francisco, CA
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Technical Conference: March 6–10, 2022
Exhibition: March 8–10, 2022
San Diego, CA
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LASER World of Photonics

April 26–29, 2022
Messe München
Munich, Germany
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