Optical Solutions Enewsletter

July 2022

Latest Blog Posts

How Digital Twins Will Dramatically Reduce Field Testing for Autonomous Vehicles

Explore how digital twin technology for optical sensors will accelerate the adoption of autonomous vehicles by reducing the need for field testing.

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Five Ways to Enhance the Accuracy of Automotive Optical Simulations

Learn five ways to measure optical characteristics of surfaces and materials for your next automotive design project.

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Software Interoperability Bridges Complementary Capabilities for Cutting-Edge Optical Design

The new and improved interoperability features between CODE V and LightTools enable you to easily simulate optical systems that contain imaging and non-imaging components.

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SolvNetPlus Knowledge Base Articles

The SolvNetPlus Knowledge Base features a collection of searchable articles covering many topics about Synopsys products, including Optical Solutions tools. Here are a few recent additions to the ever-expanding library of technical articles:




RSoft Photonic Device Tools:


Hardware and Measurement Services:


Note: A SolvNetPlus account is required to access these articles. 

After you register and log in to SolvNetPlus, you can click any of the links in the Knowledge Base list of  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.

LightTools 2022.03-1 Service Release Now Available

We are pleased to announce that LightTools 2022.03-1 is now available. LightTools 2022.03-1 contains fixes to various customer-reported bugs. The release notes describe bugs that were resolved, as well as the features delivered in the original release of LightTools 2022.03, including:

  • Surface-based modeling, which introduces surface entities and surface-to-solid tools
  • CODE V lens data exchange, which requires CODE V version 2022.03 or 2022.03-1
  • New module: SmartStart Library
  • Simulation enhancements, including improvements for sources, diffraction efficiency for gratings, coherent simulations, and optical path length analyses
  • New and improved utilities, including the Human Tissue utility, which provides enhanced support for modeling scattering characteristics and absorption due to chromophores present in the tissue
  • Usability improvements

You can view and download the latest release notes for LightTools 2022.03-1 from the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website (account required).

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

Software and license key files for LightTools direct-sales customers are available on the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website.

To learn more about navigating SolvNetPlus to obtain LightTools software and license keys, watch our SolvNet overview video.

Distributor Customers

For customers working with distributors, you will continue to obtain your software and license keys from your local LightTools software distributor. See the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Global Contacts page for contact information. If your country is not listed there, please contact us at lighttools_support@synopsys.com for instructions.

Tech Talks

Join us for our online Tech Talks, which will include the following topics: 

  • CODE V Macros You Should Be Using
    July 20, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America)

  • LightTools Summertime Tips and Tricks
    July 28, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America)

  • New Features in LucidShape CAA V5 Based 2022.06
    August 2, 2022; 4:00-5:00 p.m. CEST (Europe); 10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (North America)

  • Desensitizing Your Designs in CODE V
    August 17, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America)

  • The (Photometry Type) ABC's of Source Apodization
    August 25, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America)

In case you missed any of the Tech Talks, you can view recent recordings on SolvNetPlus (account required):

Driving CODE V with a Scripting Language using the CODE V COM API

Using Scripts with the RSoft Photonic Device Tools

BYOEF: Bring Your Own Error Function! Creating User-Defined Error Functions in CODE V

Working With (or Without) the SmartStart Library in LightTools

Training and Resources

Product Training

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

Customer Support Portal

Training materials, downloads, and helpful videos are available on demand.


Search knowledge articles, example files, macros, and release notes for Synopsys products.


Access the eLearning platform to learn CODE V and LightTools at your own pace. This valuable resource is available to all current and trial license users.

Upcoming Events

Meta 2022

Torremolinos, Spain
July 19–22, 2022

SPIE Optics + Photonics
San Diego, CA
August 23–25

Light + Building
Frankfurt, Germany
October 2–6

Frontiers in Optics
Rochester, NY
October 16–20

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