CODE V Enewsletter

August 2017

CODE V Quick Tip: Accessing PSF Data In Your Macros and Optimization

CODE V provides macro access to the output of many analysis options, including as-built performance (AS_BUILT_VAR), MTF (MTF_1FLD), RMS Wavefront Error (RMSWE/RMS_1FLD), geometrical spot data (SPOTDATA), and system transmission (TRA_1FLD). These macro functions let you access results from these options quickly and easily in your macros, and they can also be included as optimization constraints.

In CODE V 11.0, you can now access Point Spread Function (PSF) data using the new PSF_1FLD() and PSF_DATA_1FLD() macro functions. These functions let you access the PSF-calculated Strehl ratio, moment information, grid data, and more.

To view a 5-minute video demonstration of using PSF_1FLD, go to the Customer Support Portal or see the CODE V Reference Manual for more information.

Register for Fall 2017 CODE V Training

Register for the Fall 2017 CODE V training sessions, which will be held in Pasadena and Mountain View locations in California. Visit our website and register today!

  • Introduction to CODE V for Image Forming Systems
    September 25-29, 2017
    View details and register


  • CODE V Core Tools
    October 23-25, 2017
    View details and register

New CODE V User Orientation Webinar Now Available

New CODE V User Orientation Webinar Now Available

Are you a new CODE V user? This webinar series will provide an overview of getting started with CODE V. After this webinar series you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • What CODE V is
  • How to access CODE V Software
  • The resources available to you such as the Customer Support Portal, technical support, and training
  • How to input a simple lens and mirror
  • How to run analysis options
  • How to set up a table of project specifications for easy evaluation during your design
  • How to perform a simple optimization to improve design performance

Visit the Customer Support Portal to view the webinar series and check out other useful resources for CODE V users.

Announcing the 2017 Student Optical Design Competition Winners

Every year, students are invited to participate in the Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Students can enter an optical design class assignment or thesis work that uses CODE V or LightTools. We are pleased to announce our 2017 winners.

To see their winning entries, please visit our website.

Hekun Huang

University of Arizona

Using CODE V 

Nicholas Kochan

University of Rochester

Using CODE V and LightTools

Maximillian Bruggeman

University of Rochester

Using CODE V 

For competition rules, frequently asked questions, and entry form, see our website. Entries for the 2017-2018 year will be accepted until June 15, 2018.

Congratulations to our winners!

IODC Lens Design Competition Winners

On July 9-13, the International Optical Design Conference (IODC) was held in Denver, Colorado. Entries for solutions to the lens design problem were evaluated, and the winners were named at IODC.

This year's problem was the "OSA Centennial Challenge," which included a system that had a plane parallel plate and two ball lenses, giving the appearance of "100". The goal of the problem was to maximize the used portion of the diameters of the two ball lenses.


Out of 30 entries, Mr. Takeshi Akiyama from Cybernet Systems Japan (a Synopsys Optical Solutions Group distributor) took first place, using CODE V to solve the problem. Mr. Weichuan Gao from University of Arizona was the Student Shafer Cup Winner for the best student design, using CODE V in his entry as well. He is also one of our winners in our 2016 student optical design competition.

Congratulations to Mr. Akiyama and Mr. Gao!

Synopsys Launches New Optical Solutions Web Pages

Synopsys Launches New Optical Solutions Web Pages

Visit our new web pages at

Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group (OSG) announces the launch of our new web pages at This replaces our legacy URL at

The new OSG pages have a more modern look and feel to showcase our optical solutions, including CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape products, RSoft products and optical engineering services. The pages are also easier to view on mobile devices, since the content scales to your screen.

We will continue to add content and features to the pages as the latest OSG product news and enhancements become available.

Beginning August 25, 2017, visitors accessing will be automatically redirected to

Calendar of Events

For a complete list of OSG events worldwide, visit our website.