Synopsys Photonic Solutions Tools Online Course

February 16 to 19, 2021

In this course, Synopsys expert team of engineers demonstrates in detail how the Synopsys toolchain for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) enables a designer to quickly and efficiently create PICs that are error-free.

Starting from device-level simulations by RSoft Photonic Device Tools, designers will learn how to simulate and optimize photonic devices for PICs, from a basic waveguide design, optical input/output devices to hybrid-simulation (FullWAVE FDTD and BeamPROP BPM) for grating couplers. With the aid of Synopsys’s seamless interface between RSoft Photonic Device Tools and OptSim Circuit, designers work with an efficient way to embed custom PDK library components in the schematic simulation and layout generation.

To design and verify the integrated circuits at the system level, designers will use OptSim Circuit for system-level simulations. Besides, the designer can use the auto-routing feature to generate waveguide connections between each component with the aid of the bi-directional interface between OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner and check how the impact of the layout implementation can be re-simulated in OptSim Circuit. Before submitting to fabrication, running design rule check (DRC) validates that the design can be fabricated, and a Layout versus Schematic (LVS) check, running in IC Validator, verifies that the implemented layout is functionally correct.

This course is divided into live lectures and hands-on sessions in the form of housework exercises with live Q&A sessions. The designers will use Synopsys virtual machine environment for hands-on sessions. The tools will be provided to participants via the virtual machines, the exercises are designed to shorten the learning curve and provide a better design environment.

Course Outline

  • Design of Photonic Components
    • Review of photonic components (waveguide, grating coupler, directional coupler, edge coupler, AWG and lattice filter)             
    • Design, analysis, and verification
    • S-matrix and custom PDK generation
    • Parametrically custom PDK generation (lattice filter, AWG and free carrier phase shifter)
  • Design of Photonic Integrated Circuits
  • Export of Layouts from Photonic Circuits

Target Attendees

The prime target attendees are those who are interested in providing training and support for Synopsys Photonic solutions tools to other users in their research groups.


  • A background in photonic-integrated devices and circuit design and layout is an asset.
  • A computer and internet connection for the online course.


February 16, 202110:00 am to 14:30 pm EST4 hours Photonic Device Tools (live presentation) + homework (the homework is step by step exercises)
February 17, 202110:00 am to 12:00 pm EST2 hours Q&A on Photonic Device Tools homework
February 18, 202110:00 am to 14:30 pm EST4 hours PIC Design Suite which includes circuit+ layout (live presentation & Homework)
February 19, 202110:00 am to 12:00 pm EST2 hours Q&A on PIC Design Suite tools and homework

Pricing and Registration

Registration is open to academics and industrial participation.

Attendee GroupPriceRegistration
Academic with Subscription$200


If you have any comments or questions regarding the course content or registration, please contact cad@cmc.ca.


Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.  Registration closes 3-days before the start date.

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Thursday, February 4
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