22ND - 25TH MAY 2018

Annual PIC Training by Synopsys
Driving the PIC Revolution

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The training is free for all customers that have a valid support contract.
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Synopsys presents a four-day training on photonic design for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The training 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 procedures.

During this training, participants will receive an overview of the latest status of the integrated photonics eco-system, together with an overview of Synopsys PIC Design 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 and custom generation of PDK components that can be used in combination with OptoDesigner, a comprehensive tool for PIC design and mask generation that naturally interfaces with OptSim Circuit for full PDK-driven and custom PIC design.

This training will feature live training and hands-on demonstration of the Synopsys PIC Design Tools for PDK-driven PIC design. The top-down training will demonstrate OptSim Circuit for PIC schematic entry and simulation and OptoDesigner for PIC layout and mask generation (including its interface with OptSim Circuit). During the hands-on session, attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with the software under the guidance of technical staff from the company.


Synopsys Annual PIC Training
Conference Hotel Drienerburght
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands


22nd - 25th May 2018


Register now to confirm your seat.

The training is free for all customers that have a valid support contract.



Synopsys PIC Solution Introduction: Driving the PIC Revolution

Industry Overview

Coffee Break

Foundry Partner

AIM Photonics (Barton Bergman, SUNY Polytechnic Institute)


SMART Photonics

Erik den Haan

IMEC Silicon Photonics

Phillip Christie, Program Director

Coffee Break


Benn Thomsen, Senior Researcher


Schematic-Driven Design Flow Overview

Hands-on: OptSim Circuit Simulation

Coffee Break

Hands-on: OptSim Circuit Simulation


Hands-on: OptSim Circuit Simulation

Coffee Break

Hands-on: Introduction to layout generation using OptoDesigner


Hands-on: Mask Layout and DRC using OptoDesigner

Coffee Break

Hands-on: Mask Layout and DRC using OptoDesigner


Hands-on: Mask Layout and DRC using OptoDesigner

Hands-on: Integrated Design Flow

Coffee Break

Hands-on: Integrated Design Flow


PIC Design from a user's perspective

Marco Garcia (VLC Photonics)

LioniX International

Round Table & Networking Coffee

Hosted by Aura Higuera, Photon Delta

Design with Experts


Cleanroom Tour

LioniX International

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


Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group is a leading developer of optical design and analysis tools that model all aspects of light propagation, enabling users to product accurate virtual prototypes leading to manufacturable optical systems. Our innovative optical ray trace software packages include CODE V® imaging design software, LightTools® illumination design software, LucidShape® products for automotive lighting, the RSoft™ products for photonic and optical network design, and the PhoeniX Software tools for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) layout and verification.

The RSoft product family is used to design, optimize and simulate optical telecommunication devices, optical components used in semiconductor manufacturing, and nano-scale optical structures. It enables engineers to design and optimize the optical components and systems found in products such as fiber optic networks, semiconductor lithography equipment, silicon optical chips and LEDs.

The PhoeniX Software tools support photonics design automation with photonic-aware physical layout and verification capabilities and a technology-agnostic design environment compatible with all PIC technologies. The tools support custom and PDK-driven design, with more than 30 foundry-specific PDKs built into the software. PhoeniX Software tools give IC design teams access to widely used, high-quality PIC and photonic design solutions for applications ranging from data communications to sensors and biomedical devices.

Supported By


 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.

Invited Speakers

AIM Photonics

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy.

LioniX International

LioniX International is a leading global provider of customized microsystem solutions, in particular integrated photonics-based, in scalable production volumes. We provide customized solutions for OEM’s and System Integrators, from design to device, by vertical integration in scalable production volumes and maintaining technology leadership secured by strong IP position. LioniX International focuses on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) enabled modules based on its proprietary waveguide technology (TriPleX™), in addition to its other core competences micro-fluidics, opto-fluidics and  MEMS. With a vertical integration it delivers a complete solution to its OEM customers: from initial design hrough volume manufacturing of products.


At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our mission is grounded in both the world in which we live and the future we strive to create. Today, we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and the transformation we are driving across our businesses is designed to enable Microsoft and our customers to thrive in this world.

SMART Photonics

SMART Photonics is the world's first pure-play foundry for Indium Phosphide photonics semiconductors. We offer commercial Multi-Project Wafer (MPW) services on InP at very competitive rates. Headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, we are trusted by the world's leading companies, large and small. That's because of our proven track record in InP research, development and production.

VLC Photonics

VLC Photonics is a company offering services as a design and test house for photonic integrated circuits (PICs). VLC services cover optical engineering, PIC modeling, design and layout, chip and wafer level testing, and partnering in a fabless way for manufacturing and packaging with the main foundries globally. Its +12 years expertise in the field covers many end applications, like telecom/datacom, sensing, biophotonics, lidar, quantum optics, microwave photonics, etc.

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*The training is free for all customers that have a valid support contract.

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.

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Conference Hotel Drienerburght
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands

The Conference Hotel Drienerburght is located in the leafy surrounds of the Drienerlo estate, on the campus of the University of Twente.

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