New RSoft Release Available

The latest version of the RSoft Photonic Device Tools is now available. Version 2022.09-1 delivers enhanced integration with Sentaurus TCAD to increase the usability and performance advantage of the Synopsys design flow for optoelectronic devices such as phase shifters, photodetectors, and CMOS image sensors. Enhancements include:

  • An application-specific wizard to jumpstart new projects
  • Support for the direct use of Workbench variables (@ expressions) in RSoft CAD project scripts
  • Optical designs can be individually opened for each experiment to view the geometry and project settings or to run optical simulations asynchronously from the Workbench flow
  • A new CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) example

MetaOptic Designer, Synopsys’ unique inverse-design tool for quickly and efficiently designing and simulating metalenses and metasurfaces, offers new capabilities:

  • Can include lenses designed in Synopsys’ CODE V imaging design software
  • Faster performance with more granular option/output controls
  • Improved plotting, lens visualization, and material support

Other updates include enhanced performance of the RSoft BSDF User Defined Optical Property (UDOP), including improved multi-threading scaling. The BSDF UDOP provides rigorous electromagnetic simulation data to be used within Synopsys’ LightTools ray tracing software for AR/VR systems, displays, and other applications.

The Sentaurus TCAD improvements listed for the RSoft Photonic Device Tools are also available in Photonic Device Compiler.

Latest Blog Posts

How to Improve Optical Design Performance with Reflectance and Transmittance Measurements

Evaluate the impact of materials on your optical product performance prior to physical prototyping and fabrication. See examples of how reflectance and transmittance measurements can improve your optical product design with the help of the Synopsys TIS Pro instrument.

An Interview with David Lippman, Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2022

David Lippman from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, is the 2022 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship. Learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

SPIE Photonics West

Visit us at booth 1343, where Synopsys will showcase solutions to design high-quality, manufacturable optical and photonic systems. Meet with our experts to see how our complete portfolio of software, hardware, and services can solve your design challenges.

Check out the list of talks and courses presented by our staff.

CODE V Glass Catalog Updates

Updates to the CODE V material database, including CDGM, Hikari, Hoya, and Schott optical glass catalogs are now available.

For download links and installation instructions, please visit our website. For information about glasses affected by this update, refer to the History of CODE V Glass Database Changes on our website.

Upcoming Tech Talks

Our upcoming one-hour online Tech Talks include the following topics: 

  • Visualization in LucidShape CAA V5 Based
  • New Features in LucidDrive
  • Ultra-Wide Angle Metalens Case Study: A Design Flow from CODE V to RSoft
  • Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Luminaire Case Study in LightTools
  • Optical Scattering Measurement Tips & Tricks with Q&A
Tech talks | Synopsys

Illumination Fundamentals Course Series

Illumination Fundamentals Course Series | Synopsys

The “Illumination Fundamentals, Theory, and Application” course series presented by Julius Muschaweck of JMO Illumination Optics returns in 2023! If you are looking to deepen your understanding of illumination optics, check out this series. Course 1 is now full, but other courses are available.

  • Course #1: Understanding Light for Illumination
  • Course #2: Modeling Sources and Optical Systems in Illumination Optics
  • Course #3: Optical Elements for Illumination
  • Course #4: Colorimetry for LED Users

Latest Knowledge Base Articles

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After you register and log in to SolvNetPlus, you can click any of the links in the Knowledge Base list to display that article. When you’re logged in to SolvNetPlus, you can also use the Search feature to locate all types of content within the site.

IODC Lens Design and Illumination Design Problems

The optical design problems for lens and illumination design have been announced for the International Optical Design Conference (IODC). Submit your winning solution using a single commercial software package (like CODE V or LightTools) by April 1, 2023.  Winning solutions will receive prizes and will be announced at IODC in June.

Training and Resources

Training Courses

We offer comprehensive, in-person introductory and advanced Optical Solutions product training. View our list of upcoming instructor-led training events and register today! 

Self-Guided Training Courses

Learn about CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, and RSoft on your own schedule, at your own pace!

Tech Papers

Our library of technical papers provides access to innovative research by Synopsys Optical Solutions experts to help you learn and achieve success with your own projects.

Upcoming Events

SPIE Photonics West

San Francisco, CA
January 28 – February 2, 2023

Synopsys Presentations

Design of Efficient Illumination Systems
Instructor: William Cassarly, Synopsys
29 January 2023, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. PST

Fully automated inverse design solution for metalenses/metasurfaces
30 January 2023, 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PST


Cascaded directional coupler-based polarization splitter/combiner on commercial silicon photonics integration platform
30 January 2023, 5:05 p.m.–5:25 p.m. PST

Photonic-integrated wavelength selective switch for S+C+L applications
31 January 2023, 10:20 a.m.–10:40 a.m. PST


Network performance analysis of a PIC-based reconfigurable add-drop multiplexer for multiband applications
1 February 2023, 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m. PST


Two-step machine learning assisted extraction of VCSEL parameters
1 February 2023, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. PST

Booth 1628
New York, NY
May 23–25, 2023

International Optical Design Conference (IODC)
Quebec City, Canada
June 4–8, 2023

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