Choosing an Optical Design Software Solution

Which Synopsys optical design solution is right for you?

The Optical and Photonic Solutions Group at Synopsys is dedicated to helping your company develop high-performance, cost-effective optical systems and get them to market quickly. We offer software solutions and consulting engineering services to help you achieve these objectives.

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I need software to model imaging or free-space telecommunication systems...

Solution: CODE V

Description: Software for designing imaging systems, where you are trying to image a point (or plane wave) in object space to a point (or plane wave) in image space. This includes any application where you want to optimize for the best image. Typical performance metrics are MTF, point spread function, and spot size. There is also functionality for maximizing fiber coupling efficiency for telecommunication, and free-space beam propagation analysis for accurate evaluation of diffraction effects.

Application Examples:

  • Freeform optics
  • Automotive imaging systems
  • Digital camera lenses
  • Free-space photonic devices
  • Grating spectrometers
  • IR & UV systems
  • Laser scanning systems
  • Machine vision
  • Medical devices
  • Microlens arrays
  • Microlithographic systems
  • Projector systems
  • Space-borne systems
  • Telescopes
  • Zoom lenses
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I need software to model illumination system designs...

Solution: LightTools

Description: Software for designing illumination systems, where you are trying to control the distribution of light and are typically not concerned with forming an image. This includes general lighting, display uniformity, and stray light applications. You can define detailed characteristics of the light source, and trace millions of rays to optimize any desired illumination pattern on a receiver.

Application Examples:

  • Backlit displays
  • General lighting
  • LED-based sources
  • Lightpipes
  • Machine vision
  • Medical devices
  • Projector systems
  • Runway lighting
  • Stray light simulations
  • Traffic control
  • Solar concentrators
  • Vehicle interior lighting
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I need software to model automotive lighting system designs...

Solution: LucidShape

Description: Software for the design and real-time simulation of automotive forward, rear, and signal lighting.

Application Examples:

  • Automotive lighting (headlamp, tail light, exterior)
  • Reflectors
  • Retroreflectors
  • Projector lamps
  • License plate illumination
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I need software to model photonic components...

Solution: RSoft Photonic Device Tools

Description: Software for the design and simulation of passive and active optoelectronic components and subsystems.

Application Examples:

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I need software to model optical communications...

Solution: Photonic System Tools

Description: Software for the design, optimization and planning of optical communication systems.

Application Examples:

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I need software to model photonic integrated circuits (PICs)...

Solution: PIC Design Suite (OptoDesigner and OptSim Circuit)

Description: Software for PIC design, layout, and verification, supported by more than 30 foundry-specific process design kits (PDKs) built into the software.

Application Examples:

  • Aerospace and security
  • Biomarker detection
  • Biomedical sensing
  • Chemical sensing and spectroscopy
  • Environmental sensing
  • Fiber-optic communication
  • Line-of-sight communication
  • Low-loss technology development
  • Optical interconnections
  • Optical routing networks
  • Photo-acoustic sensing
  • Transceiver design
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I need help with my project...

Solution: Engineering Services

Description:  Synopsys' Optical Solutions Engineering Services team provides consulting services to solve any optics design problem. Whether you need a project solution from start to finish, or need help with a step in between, we can work with you at any level. We also provide independent design review services and partner with manufacturers to deliver total design-to-build optical solutions.

Areas of Expertise:

Our expertise encompasses the following categories:

  • Imaging optics
  • Illumination optics
  • Electro-optical systems design, thermo-optics, opto-mechanics, and materials science