VPItransmissionMaker™ and VPIcomponentMaker™

Flexible software environment for optical component and systems design


  • Reduce the need for physical experimentation with virtual prototyping
  • Graphical interface and simulation scheduler
  • Range of photonic and electronic modules, with over 300 design templates
  • Optical signal and noise representations, and productivity features including optimization
  • Design integrated transmitters, photonic circuits, doped-fiber amplifiers and lasers
  • Model bidirectional signal and noise processes


Tools from VPIphotonics embed expert knowledge in flexible working environments, providing you with numerical algorithms tailored for your application.

VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems accelerates the design of new photonic systems including short-range, access, metro, and long haul optical transmission systems, and allows technology upgrade and component substitution strategies to be developed for existing network plants. It enables an efficient modeling of any transmission system including bidirectional links, ring, and mesh networks. VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems is used as an R&D tool to evaluate novel component and subsystem designs in a systems context and to investigate and optimize systems technologies (e.g. coding, modulation, monitoring, compensation, or regeneration).

VPIcomponentMaker™ Photonic Circuits provides a focused design environment for experts in active and passive photonic integrated circuits (PICs). The VPI Transmission-Line Model (TLM) provides active-device modeling capabilities purpose-built to simulate the full longitudinal and spectral dynamics of lasers and semiconductor optical amplifiers. Models for stimulated emission spectra allow accurate amplification of multiwavelength signals anywhere in the gain spectrum, with carrier-dependent width and peak. Loss-coupling, nonlinearity time constants, MQW materials, multiple-phase shifts, and logarithmic gain are included. The S-matrix approach for modeling passive components allows the efficient design of large-scale passive PICs in frequency domain and active or dynamically tunable PICs in time domain. VPIcomponentMaker Photonic Circuits can be applied to a huge variety of device and PIC design tasks as you can build upwards from fundamental photonic elements, such as active and passive waveguides, directional couplers, branches, MMIs, star couplers, and microring resonators. Among the applications are semiconductor lasers and LEDs (tunable, injection-locked, unstable), active PICs (switches, modulators, detectors), passive PICs (AWG and MMI-based MUX/DeMUX, delay lines, filters) and detailed systems modeling (impact of noise, chirp).

VPIcomponentMaker Optical Amplifiers is an integrated design environment for doped-fiber and doped-waveguide amplifier and laser applications, as well as Raman amplifiers. It offers the means to define, test, and optimize the gain, noise, and efficiency of doped-fiber amplifiers and lasers over wide wavelength ranges, using time-averaged optical signal and noise representations. Time-dynamic and systems simulations can be performed in conjunction with VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems. Alternatively, amplifier designs can be automatically characterized and converted into pump-power dependent Black-Box models for rapid systems simulations of gain-controlled amplifiers. VPIcomponentMaker Optical Amplifiers allows almost any amplifier topology to be defined from a wide range of waveguides, doped and passive fibers, or passive and active components. Interactive simulations, including multidimensional sweeps, optimizations, and dynamical variations can be performed.

VPIphotonics includes a MATLAB® interface with all of these products, which provides a comprehensive set of additional functionality including the ability to model and integrate the user’s own equipment models and parts of any communication link specified in MATLAB.


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Required Products


  • Linux
  • Windows


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  • Fax
  • On-site assistance
  • Telephone
  • Training

Product Type

  • Modeling and Simulation Tools


  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Optics
  • System Modeling and Simulation


  • Communication Infrastructure
  • Consumer Electronics