What's New in Photonic Solutions

Photonic Solutions 2021.09 Releases Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 2021.09 of the RSoft Photonic Device Tools, OptSim and our Photonic IC Solutions. New features and improvements include:

RSoft Photonic Device Tools:

  • New far-field calculation in inhomogeneous regions, enabling faster and more accurate calculations for total-scattered field calculations and LED extraction and radiation pattern calculations
  • Native support for LSF Batch Schedulers for FullWAVE FDTD and MOST clustered simulations that simplifies the use of high-performance computing systems
  • The RSoft Advanced BSDF UDOP now includes optical phase, enabling use with coherent ray tracing and compensating for the optical path length (OPL) in the Synopsys  LightTools ray tracing simulator
  • Increased number of concurrent processes per license seat to 32, enabling customers to simulate larger problems and more fully utilize computers with many CPU cores. This change applies to FullWAVE FDTD, BeamPROP BPM, ModePROP EME, DiffractMOD RCWA, and FemSIM FEM. Note that this change was first included in v2021.03-3
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


  • Flexible bus waveguides, including:
    • Interactive waveguide routing of a whole bus of waveguides
    • Automatic fan-in and fan-out
    • Optional enforcement of length differences among the waveguides in the bus
  • More flexibility for single flex connectors
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements


  • Support for Linear Time Invariant simulation speed-up with OptoCompiler
  • Monte Carlo simulation enablement with PrimeWave
  • Ease of use and speed improvements for electro-optical co-simulation
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Photonic Device Compiler:

  • Additional Custom PDK Utility workflow to simplify automatic cell creation for OptoCompiler and OptSim symbol, model, layout and LVS views


  • New bus framework with automatic length adjustments allows designers to easily route many waveguides with prescribed length differences around the chip, without the need for cumbersome manual adjustments
  • Script function override control to ensure that a function or layout definition is not accidentally overwritten, avoiding errors
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
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  • Complete photonic device simulation, analysis, and optimization solution 
  • Seamless integration with OptoCompiler, OptSim Elite, and IC Validator 
  • E/O device level co-simulation with Sentaurus TCAD 
  • Custom component design for foundry PDKs

Contact us at photonics@synopsys.com to learn more.

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

Software and license key files for customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website. If you need assistance accessing SolvNetPlus or obtaining the software and license codes, please contact photonics@synopsys.com.

International Customers

Some of our customers will obtain the software and license key files from their local software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at photonics@synopsys.com.

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