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Important Notice About Optical Solutions Product Licensing

In 2023, we released versions of the CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape products that support two licensing options: Legacy Licensing and Synopsys Common Licensing (SCL).

In the 2024.03 releases, while CODE V and LightTools continue to support these licensing options, both products have introduced new modules that support only SCL. To understand more about this change and how it might affect you, please review the following frequently asked questions.

What Synopsys Optical Solutions products and features currently require SCL?

RSoft Photonic Device Tools have required SCL since 2013. Other Optical Solutions software products — including CODE V, LightTools, and the LucidShape products — support both Legacy Licensing and SCL.

CODE V 2024.03 and LightTools 2024.03 offer several modules that require SCL:

  • CODE V MetaOptic Design add-on 
  • LightTools MetaOptic Design add-on (includes RSoft BSDF UDOP)
  • LightTools sequence ray tracing feature


When do I need to migrate to SCL?

If you currently have Legacy Licensing and plan to purchase modules that enable the CODE V and LightTools features listed above, you will need to migrate to SCL. Otherwise, you can continue to use Legacy Licensing.

All new Synopsys customers will use SCL. Existing customers can switch to SCL now or continue to use Legacy Licensing. CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape products are switching to SCL licensing.  You will be asked to switch at your next renewal.  To prepare, please request a trial of SCL versions of your products today!


What is needed to migrate to SCL?

Direct-Sales Customers:

To migrate to SCL, contact your Sales representative to get evaluation licenses for SCL versions of your products. This will allow you to learn how to install the licenses and confirm that they are working for you before making the switch either when you renew or sooner if you want to purchase the SCL-only features listed above.

After you have switched your purchased products to the SCL versions, you will be able to get the licenses the same way you would get your Legacy licenses. You will need:

  • A new version of your license key files (for example, 2024.03) from the SmartKeys page on SolvNetPlus. This will replace your existing license files.
  • The latest version of Synopsys Common Licensing (for example, 2023.09) from the Electronic Software Transfer (EST) System on SolvNetPlus

Complete instructions about obtaining your license key files are provided in the CODE V, LightTools, and Lucidshape installation guides available on


Distributor Customers:

For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license key files from your local software distributor. Your distributor will provide the SCL installer that enables the licensing functionality. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed on the Distributors page referenced above, please contact us at for instructions.


What are the benefits of SCL?

SCL provides many benefits, including:

  • Licenses are pre-generated for all your products and will be available on SolvNetPlus on the day new software is released.
  • A single license file and common network license server to run all Synopsys products.
  • A single interface (SmartKeys page on SolvNetPlus) to request all Synopsys product license key files.
  • 24x7 license key file retrieval.
  • Flexible Host ID options, including dongle-less.
  • SCL is cloud ready.
  • Keys can be delivered before key start date.
  • Mixing Perpetual and TSL is easier.
  • For network (floating) licenses, supports Linux network license servers.
  • For nodelocked (fixed) licenses, you can use the same Host ID as other Synopsys products; nodelocked licenses can be installed on a Windows server.


Will my existing Legacy license work with SCL?

No. You cannot use a Legacy license with SCL. The Host IDs for Legacy Licensing and SCL are incompatible. Email to assist with the transition.


Will I need a new USB dongle to use SCL?

Legacy dongles are not compatible with SCL. SCL dongles or dongle-less Host IDs are required to use SCL. Contact your sales representative to discuss which option is best for your use model.


Will old versions of the software work with SCL? 

The use of legacy versions of Optical Solutions products (versions prior to 2023.03) with SCL is not supported. You can contact or your local distributor to request license files to run pre-2023.03 versions of CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape software on a temporary basis.


Who can assist me if I have additional questions?

For support questions, visit the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page to see a complete list of support contacts by product and region.

You can also refer to our website for more information about licensing options and SCL.

If you have any questions or concerns about the SCL transition, please reach out to Optical Solutions Sales at We will be happy to assist you.


We appreciate your business and hope that you find continued value in our software features, accuracy, and customer service for many years to come.


CODE V 2024.03 Release Highlights

The new CODE V release offers improved design workflow for environmental modeling, faster image simulation, and introduces meta optic surfaces that are efficient to use and offer a wide range of optical effects. 

Go to SolvNetPlus to download the latest version of CODE V. If you need technical support, please contact us at

LightTools 2024.03 Release Highlights

Check out the latest features in the LightTools version 2024.03 release, such as Global Optimization, Simulation Enhancements such as Temperature and pressure settings, Native thin film stacks, and Sequence Ray tracing.

Go to SolvNetPlus to download the latest version of LightTools. If you need technical support, please contact us at

New CODE V Example Models

CODE V example models provide opportunities to explore CODE V’s extensive design and analysis capabilities as you work on practical examples. Get a head start designing your next imaging application with example models in CODE V.  We have recently added the following example models to SolvNetPlus:

CODE V Example Model: LDM_MECo_Triplet | Synopsys


This example describes the ability to model spacer-based lenses using Multi-Environment Coupling and how to athermalize a triplet system over 200 degree temperature range.

CODE V Example Model: LDM_MECo_Dewar | Synopsys


This example uses a catadioptric zoom relay telescope that includes elements within a vacuum dewar to demonstrate how to setup different surface temperatures and pressures within a system.

CODE V Example Model: LDM_Metalens_Basics | Synopsys


This example demonstrates how to model and design a metalens in an optical system. We will add a metalens to a landscape lens and optimize the system.

CODE V Example Model: CVLT_StrayLight_Cellphone | Synopsys


This example model demonstrates the streamlined workflow for stray light analysis offered by the interoperability between CODE V and LightTools with a cellphone lens.

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Student/Professor Corner

Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition

Have you worked on any projects this school year using CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, RSoft Photonic Device Tools, or Photonic Solutions software? 

Submit your project to the student design competition and you could be our next winner! Entries are due June 14, 2024. Awards totaling $20,000 will be granted. Visit our website to learn how you can enter your project today! 

Important: Be sure to read the competition rules! Please note that we require all submissions to honor the 10-page limit. 

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EDS Technologies to Distribute Synopsys Optical Solutions Software in India

We are pleased to announce that, effective March 2024, EDS Technologies is a representative for Synopsys Optical Solutions products in India. Established in 1995, EDS is an engineering and visual simulation solutions provider that supports companies in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, industrial, and more. To contact EDS, visit our Global Contacts page.

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