Optiwave Systems has launched OptiSpice 1.0, a circuit design software package for analysis of integrated circuits, including the interactions of optical and electronic components. OptiSpice enables the design and simulation of opto-electronic circuits at the transistor level, from laser drivers to transimpedance amplifiers, optical interconnects and electronic equalisers.
Simulation of optical and electrical components simultaneously is a multi-disciplinary problem. Equations governing optical and electrical components are incompatible for co-simulation within traditional numerical engines. In addition, optoelectronic components are temperature dependent and this dependence needs to be incorporated into the simulation to obtain correct results.
Supporting a wide variety of electrical circuit elements such as diodes, transistors, BJTs and MOSFETS along with optical components such as laser diodes, optical fibres and photodiodes; OptiSpice provides transient time domain, small-signal frequency, and noise analysis.