Optical Solutions Enews

December 2021

In Memoriam: Dr. Bruce (Jake) Jacobsen, Technical Marketing Manager

We are sad to announce that Dr. Bruce (Jake)  Jacobsen, Technical Marketing Manager, passed away on November 10, 2021. Jake began his 20-year career at Optical Research Associates (now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys) in the Customer Service Group, providing support and training for CODE V. Jake contributed to LightTools product management and subsequently, in 2010, became the Technical Marketing Manager for CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape. He traveled internationally to support and train our customers, freely sharing his knowledge, warmth, and humor with all. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues at Synopsys, and by all in the optics community who knew him.

Dr. Jake Jacobsen | Synopsys

Product Update: LucidDrive v2021.12

LucidDrive v2021.12 | Synopsys
LucidDrive v2021.12 | Synopsys

LucidDrive version 2021.12 offers enhanced features to dynamically validate and refine pixel light headlamp models. During night-driving simulations, you can now customize your experience by:

  • Defining a dimming matrix to quickly configure pixel light distributions
  • Using a dimming matrix to project user-defined icons onto the roadway, such as a turn arrow 
  • Easily switching between dimming matrices manually or automatically with trigger points
  • Simulating cornering lamp functionality by shifting dimming matrices 
  • Simulating headlight vertical swiveling by shifting dimming matrices

In addition, there are several new configurations to demonstrate and get you started taking advantage of these new pixel light features.

Software and License File Instructions

Direct-Sales Customers

To order a new license of LucidDrive, please contact the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group Sales Team at optics@synopsys.com.

To update your current version of LucidDrive, go to the Synopsys SolvNetPlus website to obtain the latest software and license keys:

To learn more about navigating SolvNetPlus to obtain software and license keys, see our SolvNetPlus overview video or the Installation Guide for LucidShape Products.


Distributor Customers

For customers working with distributors, please contact your local LucidShape software distributor to request LucidDrive. 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 lucidshape_support@synopsys.com for instructions.


For More Information

See the LucidDrive 2021.12 Release Notes on our Customer Support Portal.

If you have any questions about features in this release, please contact lucidshape_support@synopsys.com.

Holiday Customer Support Hours

CODE V and LightTools

From December 24, 2021 to January 3, 2022, please allow for a delayed response to your request for CODE V and LightTools technical support. Our support will be limited during this time and will only be available by e-mail.

LucidShape and RSoft Photonic Device Tools

From December 24, 2021 to January 3, 2022, LucidShape and RSoft technical support will be unavailable. We will respond to product support and general inquiries for all products starting on January 4, 2022. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

CODE V & LightTools Short Host ID Retirement

All short host IDs for CODE V and LightTools (e.g., 80-12345) will be retired in 2022. They will be replaced with long host IDs (e.g., 80-*1234567890ABCDE) associated with your existing dongles. For licenses locked to short host IDs:

  • If you renew your software licenses prior to February 2022, you will receive a new dongle.
  • If you renew after February 2022, you will be asked to provide the long host ID for your existing dongle, which we will use to generate a new license file for you.

You will be contacted by your local sales and support staff regarding the timing of your conversion. This will be necessary for you to use versions of CODE V and LightTools released in 2022.

Thank you for your understanding as we make this change.

Latest Blog Articles

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Upcoming Events

Product Training

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

Online Tech Talks

Looking to hone your skills? We have a great lineup of 1-hour online talks covering a wide range of applications.


SPIE Photonics West
San Francisco, CA
January 22–27, 2022

San Diego, CA
March 6–10, 2022


Las Vegas, NV
June 19–23, 2022


Optical Solutions Online Learning | Synopsys

Online Courses
NEW! Take courses online!

Learn CODE V and LightTools online, at your own pace. Courses are now available.

Customer Support Portal

Current customers can access CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape resources at any time on our Customer Support Portal (https://opticsportal.synopsys.com). Access past tech talks, training materials, user group presentations, new user orientation, sample system and application files, FAQs, macro downloads, tech talk recordings, and more.

If you haven’t already registered for Portal access, consider registering for an account today!  Once your account is activated, an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your login information. Please note that there will be a delayed response from December 24, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

Need Design Assistance?

Our Optical Engineering Services team is anchored by experts on our software products and experienced in optical hardware testing and manufacturing. We can handle optical design as well as mechanical design, electronics integration, and thermal analysis. Contact us to learn more.

SmartStart Library

The SmartStart Library is a licensed module available for LucidShape and LucidShape CAA V5 Based. It is a curated database of optical data for plastics and glasses, as well as BSDF data for diffusers, reflectors, and mold textures. The latest updates include:

BSDF Dataset Additions and Updates (LucidShape Materials)

  • VDI 3400
    • Added VDI 3400 – 36 in black ABS
    • Renamed refractive datasets to include “_Refractive” in the name and metalized datasets to include “_AlTopcoat” in the name
  • Tenibac
    • Added 7 metalized 4000-series datasets
    • Renamed refractive datasets to include “_Refractive” in the name and metalized datasets to include “_AlTopcoat” in the name
  • Mold-Tech
    • Renamed refractive datasets to include “_Refractive” in the name and metalized datasets to include “_AlTopcoat” in the name


Volumetric Dataset Additions and Updates (LucidShape Media)

  • Covestro
    • Added 3 new datasets: Makrolon AL2x47 25689, Makrolon AL2x47 551070, and Makrolon LED2245 551467
    • Fixed typos in the names of Makrolon LED2245 000000 and Makrolon LED2245 550207
    • Added 15 new datasets: 
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 16042 WT1048-16
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 19008 WT1015-19
      • ALCOM PC 740/4 WT1081-08LD2
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 16042 WT1048-16
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 19008 WT1015-19
      • ALCOM PC 740/4 WT1081-08LD2
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 16042 WT1048-16
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 19008 WT1015-19
      • ALCOM PC 740/4 WT1081-08LD2
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 16042 WT1048-16
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 19008 WT1015-19
      • ALCOM PC 740/4 WT1081-08LD2
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 16042 WT1048-16
      • ALCOM LD2 PC 1000 UV 19008 WT1015-19
      • ALCOM PC 740/4 WT1081-08LD2

Student Optical Design Competition

Students are invited to enter our annual Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition, which recognizes excellence in optical design projects completed by students. Awards totaling $10,000 will be granted. Enter your project today!

To enter, complete the entry form and send us your optical design class assignment or thesis work completed during the 2021-2022 academic year using any of our software tools: CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, and Photonic Solutions. 

Entries are due June 15, 2022.

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