PIC International Training
by PhoeniX Software and Synopsys

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Synopsys and PhoeniX Software will present a two-day workshop on electro-photonic design automation (EPDA) for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The workshop is aimed at application and R&D engineers as well as managers interested in understanding the development of PICs and the role of software automation in their design, simulation, and fabrication.

During the first half of the workshop, Synopsys and PhoeniX Software will provide an overview of their software tools and their role in integrated photonics design and manufacturing. Synopsys will describe its photonic tool chain, which features OptSim Circuit for schematic-driven PIC design, as well as the RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite for device design and custom generation of PDK components that can be used in OptSim Circuit and PhoeniX Software OptoDesigner. PhoeniX Software will describe OptoDesigner, a comprehensive tool for PIC design and mask generation that naturally interfaces with OptSim Circuit for full PDK-driven and custom PIC design.

The second half of the workshop will feature live training and hands-on demonstration of the Synopsys and PhoeniX Software tools for PDK-driven PIC design. The top-down training will demonstrate OptSim Circuit for PIC schematic entry and simulation, PhoeniX Software OptoDesigner for PIC layout and mask generation (including its interface with OptSim Circuit), and the RSoft Photonic Component Design Suite for custom PDK development and device design. During the hands-on session, attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with the software under the guidance of technical staff from both companies.


PIC International Conference
Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Brussels National Airport
Brussels 1930


9th & 10th April 2018


Register now to confirm your seat.

We ask for all participants to bring their own laptop with full administrative rights, as well as to make sure their laptops fulfill the following minimum system requirements:

  • Windows 7 or newer (64 bits)
  • WiFi card
  • 3 GB free hard disk space
  • 2 GB RAM memory
  • 1 USB port

During the training sessions, the participants will be required to install a third party software that will allow them to access a cloud-base service, where the PIC Design Tools are pre-installed for their convenience.


Day 1 (Seminar)

Driving the PIC Revolution: Integrated Photonics Design, Synopsys' role in the eco-system

Twan Korthorst (PhoeniX Software – OSG, Synopsys)

Coffee Break

Schematic-Driven Design Flow: Photonic Circuit Simulation

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys)


Photonic Component Design and Simulation

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys)

Process Design Kits and Layout Generation

Remco Stoffer (PhoeniX Software - OSG, Synopsys)

Coffee Break

IMEC Silicon Photonics ISIPP50G Technology

Philippe Absil (IMEC)

PIC Design from a user's perspective

Iñigo Artundo (VLC Photonics)

Day 2 (Training)

Integrated Design Flow Using Synopsys Software Tools

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys) and Remco Stoffer (PhoeniX Software - OSG, Synopsys)

Hands-on: OptSim Circuit Simulation - Part 1

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys)

Coffee Break

Hands-on: OptSim Circuit Simulation - Part 2

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys)


Hands-on: Mask Layout generation and DRC using OptoDesigner

Remco Stoffer (PhoeniX Software - OSG, Synopsys)

Hands-on: Component Development in RSoft Component Design Suite

(RSoft Products - OSG, Synopsys)

This agenda is not final and may change prior to the event.


PhoeniX Software

Pioneering photonics design automation already since 1991, today PhoeniX Software has a global presence and is a trusted and well recognized partner for a large number of organizations. We enable easy and cost-effective realisation of integrated photonics chips and systems, by means of our internally developed superior products and services. Our customers range from large OEM's to start-ups and include some of the world’s top universities and research institutes.As the leader in Photonic IC design solutions, we will continue to develop the market by anticipating market demand and customer needs. In combination with our strategic partnerships, this results in offering world class design flows and access to all relevant fabrication technologies for our customers.


Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group (OSG) is one of the world’s leading developers of optical design and analysis tools, with CODE V® imaging design software, LightTools® illumination design software, LucidShape® products for automotive lighting, and RSoft™ products for photonic component and optical communications design. OSG is also an independent supplier of optical systems design services, with more than 4,800 completed projects in imaging, illumination, and optical systems engineering.

PIC International Conference

Sales of PICs are soaring, with their deployment helping to boost the capacity of networks and data centres. To aid this industry, we are strengthening the relationships between the makers and the users of these integrated circuits by organising the 3rd PIC International, a global conference dedicated to this industry. Attendees to the conference will hear industry-leading insiders delivering more than 30 presentations spanning five sectors. The conference will equip the delegates with an up-to-date overview of the status of the PIC industry, and provided them with many opportunities to meet other key players within this community.


 EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, coordinates EU funding proposals, advocacy and lobbying, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps and pavilions at exhibitions.


Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel

The Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel is located just 39 steps away from the arrivals and departures hall.

Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Brussels National Airport
Brussels, 1930

The Organisers have negotiated a limited number of rooms at a special discounted rate at the event venue Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel to provide accommodation for attendees. For more information, visit www.picinternational.net/venue



PIC International
Angel Business Communications
6 Bow Court, Fletchworth Gate, Burnsall Road,
Coventry, West Midlands, CV5 6SP, UK


+44 (0)2476 718 970