RSoft and Thin Film Integrate Optical Design Software

May 27, 2003
Ossining, NY and Tucson, AZ, May 27, 2003. RSoft Design Group and Thin Film Center have integrated Thin Film Center's Essential Macleod with RSoft's optical communication system simulation software LinkSIM. This enables components to be simulated in LinkSIM, and the performance of those components in the system environment can be fully investigated. This integration between device-level and system-level design and simulation reduces development cycles and costs

Ossining, NY and Tucson, AZ, May 27, 2003. RSoft Design Group and Thin Film Center have integrated Thin Film Center's Essential Macleod with RSoft's optical communication system simulation software LinkSIM. This enables components to be simulated in LinkSIM, and the performance of those components in the system environment can be fully investigated. This integration between device-level and system-level design and simulation provides improved design processes, thereby reducing development cycles and costs.

LinkSIM is an optical communication system simulation package that includes an object-oriented topology layout facility, a waveform simulation engine, and display and analysis tools. It is used to design optical communication systems and simulate them to determine their performance given various component parameters. Essential Macleod is a comprehensive software package for the design and analysis of optical thin films.

Users create filters in Essential Macleod according to the application requirements and specifications. Once the design work is done, Essential Macleod exports the data file describing the filter characteristics to a LinkSIM directory where the system simulations are performed. Users can then define their system topology in LinkSIM and assign the proper parameters for the system to be simulated, including the custom filter model that describes the filter designed with Essential Macleod. The LinkSIM simulations allow users to study the performance of the components designed in Essential Macleod in this system environment. Through this interface, designers can readily modify their filter designs in Essential Macleod to improve their system performance as simulated by LinkSIM.

"The behavior of a thin film component is a complicated function of illumination conditions as well as design. To store enough tables of performance data to deal with all requirements is utterly beyond reasonable capacity. The link with Essential Macleod neatly solves this problem. Powerful tools can be used to design new components that can immediately be plugged into LinkSIM to evaluate their effect on system performance," explained Angus Macleod, CEO of Thin Film Center.

RSoft Design Group provides a range of simulation and planning software and services across the entire component to network-level hierarchy. The products are used by researchers, manufacturers, systems integrators, and service providers to address design challenges ranging from the physics of component design to the business implications of planning wired and wireless networks.

For more information, visit www.rsoftdesign.com .

Thin Film Center provides optical thin film design and analysis software, training services and consulting for the coating industry.

For more information, visit www.thinfilmcenter.com .

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