Enewsletter, Spring Issue: Student and Professor Edition

Enewsletter, March 2020

Spring Issue: Student and Professor Edition

Check out our New Blog!

Did you know we recently launched a blog? The latest entries include modeling diffuse plastics and other tricky materials in LightTools, the latest optical applications in AR and VR, upcoming events, and more. Our blog will feature optical and photonic design topics, including software highlights, commentary on trends, current events, and conferences. Read the Optical and Photonic Solutions blog at https://blogs.synopsys.com/optical-solutions/

Student Design Competition

As a student, you are invited to enter an optical design or research you worked on during the 2019-2020 school year. This could be a class assignment or thesis work you worked on using CODE V, LightTools or LucidShape. Entries are due June 15, 2020. Awards totaling $10,000 will be granted. Enter your project today!

Important Tips: Be sure to read the competition rules!

Please note that we require all submissions to honor the 10-page limit.

What's New?

CODE V - Optical Design Software

  • We are pleased to announce the release of CODE V 11.3, featuring new capabilities for working with geometry created in CAD programs, and also new freeform surface shapes. Read more about the new features.
  • Did you miss the CODE V 11.3 New Features webinar? Well, grab some popcorn and watch it on our Customer Support Portal.
  • Still want to learn more? We have much more video content on the New Features on the Customer Support Portal.


LightTools - Illumination Design Software


LucidShape - Automotive Lighting Design Software

  • We are pleased to announce the availability of LucidDrive 2020.03 and LucidShape CAA V5 Based 2019.06 Service Release 1.
  • Interested in learning more about LucidShape? Check out this collection of user group presentations.


Photonic Solutions - Automotive Lighting Design Software

Visit the Customer Portal to see the Process Design Kits (PDKs) we support, as well as resources such as recorded webinars..

Customer Support Portal

Looking to expand your skills? The Customer Support Portal is a great place to grow your knowledge of Synopsys Optical and Photonic Solutions. You will find a large collection of learning materials at your fingertips! Create an account and start learning today!

Current users can access the Customer Support Portal for product resources and content at any time. Access user group presentations, sample system and application files, FAQs, macro downloads, recordings of previously held webinars, and more. Are you new to CODE V or LightTools? Get oriented with our New User Orientation videos!

If you don't have Portal access, consider registering for an account today. For qualified customers, it may take 1-2 business days for us to activate your account. Once your account is activated, an e-mail will be sent to you to confirm your login information.

Get Access to Free Software

Do you need access to Synopsys Optical or Photonic Solutions for your studies? Are you designing freeform surfaces for cameras or lighting, LiDAR optics for remote sensing and autonomous vehicles, automatic lighting and control systems, biomedical imaging systems, photonic integrated circuits, or ring resonators and metamaterials? We offer a complete set of tools for designing these and many other types of systems!

For students in North America, we have two ways for you to gain access to the software for free:

  • The University Donation Program - For qualifying universities, CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape and the Photonic Solutions are available for educational use through the University Donation Program. This program is a great way for all students to access the software from their university’s network. For more information, ask your professor to email osg_educ@synopsys.com.
  • Student Licenses - CODE V, LightTools, and Photonic Solutions are available as student licenses for educational use on your personal machine. And student licenses are good for one year! For complete information, refer to https://www.synopsys.com/optical-solutions/learn/student-license.html

Upcoming Webinars

New LightTools User Orientation Webinar
March 18, 2020
10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT)

We invite new and prospective LightTools users to attend this orientation webinar. This webinar will provide an overview of the types of optical systems LightTools can help you design, and then review core concepts to help you start using LightTools. New users of LightTools should plan to attend. 

Topics include:

  • How to obtain the latest LightTools software and license file from SolvNetPlus
  • Basic functionality in LightTools, such as setting up analysis models, running simulations, and measuring performance
  • The resources available to you through LightTools Technical Support and the Customer Support Portal

Professional Workshop:
Optical Transceiver Design for Datacom Applications

April 3, 2020
9:00 a.m. CET

This workshop provides a detailed introduction to photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology for datacom applications using our Synopsys PIC Design Suite to simulate and design a four-level pulse amplitude modulation (PAM4) transceiver.