System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

  • 64-bit Windows: Windows 10
  • 64-bit Linux: We officially support Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS 6.6+ and 7.1+. Since there is a large variation of possible configurations of any Linux installation for items such as libraries, fonts, startup scripts, security settings, etc., Synopsys cannot unconditionally guarantee that our software will work correctly with all Linux distributions. However, in practice, we have found that the software can be configured to run successfully on most 64-bit Linux distributions with kernel 2.6.32-504 and glib 2.12 or newer.

Installation Guides

Make sure you have the license file installer(s), and USB dongle (if applicable) that corresponds to the software you are installing. There are three installers; depending on the products you are licensed for you may install one, two, or all three suites in any order. Note that you need to install both the ‘System’ and ‘OptoDesigner’ installer for the PIC Design Suite.

  • Windows: Run the installers, selecting the license mode: Nodelocked licenses are standalone copies of the software used on one computer, Network licenses are installed on a license server and are shared among different computers. Select the license file (nodelocked only) or the name of the license server (network only) when prompted.
  • Linux: See instructions in the Installation Guide below.

Download the Photonic Solutions Installation Guide for instructions for detailed instructions for installing on Windows and Linux operating systems. Contact

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