Photonic Solutions Enewsletter

Photonic Solutions Quarterly Update - February 2022

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

In this issue:


New Releases Available

On January 26, 2022, we released version 2021.09-2 of OptoCompiler, OptSim and Photonic Device Compiler.

OptoCompiler 2021.09-2 Release Highlights:

  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

OptSim 2021.09-2 Release Highlights:

  • Enhancements to E-O co-simulation
    • The framework of E-O cosimulation was enhanced to support photonic models of an iPDK from a major foundry that added bidirectional signal flow to their iPDK
  • New GaussianVsWavelength filter type in Optical Filter model
    • The Optical Filter model of OptSim represented a variety of analytic and user-defined optical filters. A new GaussianVsWavelength filter type was added to the model. It uses a Gaussian filter response as a function of wavelength to filter the optical signal amplitude.  The user specifies the 3dB bandwidth and the order of the filter. 
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Photonic Device Compiler 2021.09-2 Release Highlights:

  • Improvements to the Custom PDK Utility Alchemy Design Flow
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

Featured Article: Integrated Photonics Sector Aims to Bridge Skills Gap

Learn how the lack of qualified technicians is an ongoing challenge in the field of integrated photonics and how Synopsys is helping bridge the skills gap. 

Featured Blog Post: Harnessing the Power of Light: Photonics in IC Design

Twan Korthorst, Director of Photonic Solutions, outlines the history of photonics, why it is important for the semiconductor industry, the opportunity to power key market applications, and the future of photonic integrated circuits. 

On-Demand Tech Talks

We regularly add to our collection of on-demand tech talks. Here's a list of recently added talks.

  • Metalens Design and Simulation with RSoft and CODE V
  • From Optical Fibers to Transceivers: Inter-Datacenter System Design
  • Simulation of Micro-LEDs Using RSoft Photonic Device Tools
  • New Features v2021.03 Synopsys Webinar
  • Designing an Optical Transceiver

Upcoming Training and Events

Optical Networking and Communication Conference

Date: March 6–10, 2022
Location: San Diego Convention Center
Booth: 3215

Featuring demos on the following optical datacom and high-speed IP solutions:

Additional IP demos in partner booths:

  • Samtec booth #2309: Synopsys’ 112G SerDes IP interoperating with Samtec’s QSFP-DD module and DAC, NovaRay I/O cable assembly
  • Tektronix booth #3425: Synopsys’ 112G SerDes IP on N5 processes TX and RX with Tektronix

Other Upcoming Events

Suitability of BPM Simulation for Silicon Photonics

March 24, 2022; 3:00–4:00 p.m. CET (North America and Europe)


RSoft Device Tools Discovery Training
March 29, 2022; 3:00–6:00 p.m. CET


GlobalFoundries 45SPLCO Monolithic Silicon-Photonics Technology Design Methodology using Synopsys OptoCompiler Platform
SNUG Silicon Valley, Track: Analog/Mixed-Signal Design and Simulation 
March 30–31, 2022 

Mask Synthesis for Photonic Devices
SPIE Photonics Europe
April 4, 2022, 3:50–4:10 p.m. CEST

Electro-Optic & Custom Photonic Co-Design in Monolithic Silicon Photonics Technology

DesignCon 2022 
April 7, 2022, 12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. PST