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Photonic Solutions Quarterly Update - December 2022

Customer Support Hours in December

Happy Holidays from Synopsys

The Synopsys Photonic Solutions Group would like to wish you happy holidays and thank you for being loyal customers. Let us know how we can help and support you during this time. 

From December 24, 2022 to January 1, 2023, Photonic Solutions technical support will be unavailable. We will respond to product support and general inquiries for all products starting on January 2, 2023.  

  • RSoft Photonic Device Tools, Synopsys Photonic Device Compiler, Synopsys OptSim, Synopsys OptoCompiler, and Synopsys OptoDesigner

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

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2022 Synopsys Photonic Symposium Presentations Available

On October 19, 2022, Synopsys hosted its annual Photonic Symposium covering new capabilities and trends emerging in the integrated photonics market. 

Synopsys Photonic Symposium presentations are available on demand until January 19, 2023. To register and access the recordings, visit our website.

Read our blog for a summary of the Photonic Symposium presentations.

New Releases Available

On December 13, 2022, we released version 2022.06-1 of Synopsys OptoCompiler, Synopsys OptSim Elite and Synopsys Photonic Device Compiler, as well as version 2022.09-1 of the RSoft Photonic Device Tools.

OptoCompiler version 2022.06-1 release highlights:

  • Single segment flexConnectors now consistently give a warning when the subgrid offset of the connecting ports is misaligned
  • Update Photonic Pin no longer breaks when a pin has multiple shapes
  • Error related to Primewave job classes resolved
  • Various stability fixes

OptSim Elite version 2022.06-1 release highlights:

  • Support for equation-based optical S-matrix models
  •  Support for equation-based and parametric-file-based voltage transfer equations in electro-absorption modulator (EAM) model
  •  New blocks for separate photodetector responsivity, noise, and frequency response models
  •  New 1x1 and 2x1 optical expression operator blocks
  •  Support for mixed-domain EO-cosim-based PDK models
  •  Multi-channel support in EO co-simulation
  •  Support for current-out-of-range warnings for Laser Lookup model
  •  Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

RSoft Photonic Device Tools

The RSoft Photonic Device Tools 2022.09-1 release delivers enhanced integration with Sentaurus TCAD to increase the usability and performance advantage of the Synopsys design flow for optoelectronic devices such as phase shifters, photodetectors, and CMOS image sensors. Enhancements include:

  • Application-specific wizard to jumpstart new projects
  • Support for the direct use of Workbench variables (@ expressions) in RSoft CAD project scripts
  • Optical designs can be individually opened for each experiment to view the geometry and project settings, or to run optical simulations asynchronously from the Workbench flow
  • New CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) example

In addition, MetaOptic Designer, Synopsys’ unique inverse-design tool for quickly and efficiently designing and simulating metalenes and metasurfaces, offers new capabilities:

  • Can include lenses designed in Synopsys’ CODE V imaging design software
  • Faster performance with more granular option/output controls
  • Improved plotting, lens visualization, and material support

Photonic Device Compiler

  • Updates to Alchemy to provide more control over callbacks and improved error checking of port and parameter names
  • The Sentaurus TCAD improvements listed for the RSoft Photonic Device Tools are also available in Photonic Device Compiler

MetaOptic Designer

MetaOptic Designer | Synopsys

MetaOptic Designer, an unprecedented inverse design tool that takes user-specified criteria and generates metalenses/metasurfaces for optimal design performance. Learn more

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SolvNetPlus Resources

SolvNetPlus | Synopsys

Synopsys SolvNetPlus provides a wide range of self-service resources that are available to eligible users 24/7. We have consolidated access to our support resources to help you use Photonic Solutions software more effectively. 

Upcoming Events

SPIE Photonics West

San Francisco, CA
January 28 – February 2, 2023

Synopsys Presentations

Design of Efficient Illumination Systems
Instructor: William Cassarly, Synopsys
29 January 2023, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. PST

Fully automated inverse design solution for metalenses/metasurfaces
30 January 2023, 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST


Cascaded directional coupler-based polarization splitter/combiner on commercial silicon photonics integration platform
30 January 2023, 5:05 p.m.–5:25 p.m. PST

Photonic-integrated wavelength selective switch for S+C+L applications
31 January 2023, 10:20 a.m.–10:40 a.m. PST


Network performance analysis of a PIC-based reconfigurable add-drop multiplexer for multiband applications
1 February 2023, 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m. PST


Two-step machine learning assisted extraction of VCSEL parameters
1 February 2023, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. PST

RSoft Photonic Device Tools Discovery Training (Europe)
February 9, 2023
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. CET

San Diego, CA
5–9 March 2023

PIC International
Brussels, Belgium
18–19 April 2023


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