Synopsys Inc

Mountain View, CA 94043


About Synopsys Inc

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day.

Product Summary

The Synopsys Optical Solutions Group provides design tools that model all aspects of light propagation for high-accuracy optical product simulations and visualizations.


690 E Middlefield Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States

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Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies developing the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of application security testing tools and services. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing more secure, high-quality code, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative products.

The Synopsys Optical Solutions Group provides design tools that model all aspects of light propagation. With intelligent, easy-to-use solutions and an expert support team anchored by optical engineers, Synopsys helps organizations deliver superior optics to market faster.

  • CODE V® has powerful capabilities for lens optimization, analysis, tolerancing, beam propagation and coupling efficiency.
  • LightTools® is a 3D optical engineering and design software product that supports virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization and photorealistic renderings of illumination applications.
  • LucidShape® products facilitate the design and analysis of automotive forward, rear and signal lighting, as well as real-time visualization of beam patterns during nighttime driving.
  • The RSoft™ Photonic Device Tools provide the industry's largest selection of simulators and optimizers for passive and active photonic and optoelectronic devices, including lasers and VCSELs. These are integrated with Synopsys optical and semiconductor design tools for streamlined, multi-domain co-simulations

We also offer optical design services, with more than 5,500 completed projects in imaging, illumination, and optical systems engineering. Our optical measurement solutions give customers access to precision light scattering data for materials and media used in optical systems. Learn more at

Synopsys is accelerating the adoption of photonic IC technologies with software to design energy-efficient, high-performance photonic devices, systems, and integrated circuits. The Synopsys Photonic Solutions portfolio offers a seamless design flow from concept to manufacturable design, supported by photonics experts. We are dedicated to helping our customers design the next generation of communications, sensing, and imaging solutions. Learn more at


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Training & education

Software Learning Resources

Synopsys offers many resources for learning our optical design software.The SolvNetPlus Knowledge Base features a collection of searchable technical articles, example files, macros...

Optical Scattering Measurements

Synopsys offers optical scattering measurements services and equipment to give you access to precision light scatter data for faster, more cost-effective optical product development...
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RSoft Photonic Device Tools

The RSoft® Photonic Device Tools are used to design and analyze optical telecommunication devices, optical components used in semiconductor manufacturing, and nano-scale optical...
Synopsys Optical Engineering Services

Synopsys Optical Engineering Services: Imaging, Illumination and Systems Engineering

Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group, formerly Optical Research Associates (ORA®), is a recognized leader in the optics industry as a premier supplier of optical systems design services...
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Synopsys' LucidShape products provide a complete set of design, simulation and analysis tools for automotive lighting. With dedicated algorithms tailored for automotive applications...
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Photonic Solutions

Integrated photonics technology represents a growing opportunity for designing and manufacturing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for applications in high-speed data communications...
LightTools illumination design software
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LightTools is a complete optical design and analysis software product featuring virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization, and photorealistic renderings (including source-...
CODE V optical design software
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Design and deliver great optical systems with CODE V's industry-leading lens optimization, analysis, tolerancing and fabrication support.

Press Releases

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Synopsys Streamlines Optical Product Development with New Interoperability Between CODE V and LightTools

New Capabilities Link Industry-Leading Imaging and Illumination Design Tools for Faster Multi-Domain Optical Simulations MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- ...
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Synopsys Extends OptoCompiler Support for New GF Fotonix™ Platform

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that the Synopsys OptoCompiler™ solution will enable designers to leverage the...
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Synopsys Releases Enhanced Portfolio of Photonic Design Solutions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the release of version 2019.09 of its comprehensive Photonic Solutions portfolio...


White Papers

Meet Your Augmented and Virtual Reality Challenges Head-On: Design Your Next System with 2D-Q Freeforms in CODE V

The most challenging optical designs today need sophisticated and precise non-spherical surface shapes. A new surface formulation specified by G.W. Forbes describes a “freeform...
White Papers

Analyzing LiDAR Return Signal Strengths for Target Optical Surfaces and Atmospheric Conditions

Body Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems are becoming increasingly important with the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Pulsed LiDAR is the most common...


Software & Accessories

Automotive lighting design software features a new light flow sensor

LucidShape CAA V5 software, Version 2021.06, allows optical design, simulation, analysis, and workflow visualization within the CATIA V5 environment.

Synopsys platform for electronic and photonic design available

The OptoCompiler is a unified electronic and photonic design platform for photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design, layout implementation, and verification.
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Laser Focus World announces 2020 Innovators Awards

For the third straight year, Laser Focus World held its Innovators Awards program, which celebrates the disparate and innovative technologies, products, and systems found in the...

Synopsys design software has use in automotive lighting design

The latest release of LucidShape CAA V5-based software for automotive lighting design within the CATIA V5 environment introduces two new modules.

Synopsys illumination design software models polarizing elements with birefringent materials

Version 9.0 of LightTools illumination design software includes new tools to model and analyze polarizing elements with birefringent materials.
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FIGURE 1. OSLO, by Lambda Research Corporation, was used in the design and analysis of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Lens-design software enables modern precision optics

Having grown in capabilities over decades of development, modern optical-design software models, optimizes, and tolerances complex optical systems with ease.

Synopsys optical design software offers two new freeform surface shapes

Version 11.3 of CODE V optical design software offers expanded support for CAD models, including ray-traceable surfaces and 3D visualization.
FIGURE 1. A flowchart shows the point-by-point design method used to create imaging optics systems from both freeform and planar phase elements.

Imaging Optics: Freeform and planar phase elements combine for better imaging optics

Using an iterative process that begins with simple geometric planes, freeform surfaces combine with flat phase elements to create compact, lightweight, easily aligned optical ...
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FIGURE 1. These freeform optics were designed in LightTools (a). The software can help identify manufacturing tolerances for tailored surfaces used in freeform optics for illumination. Head models are created from image data using Synopsys Simpleware software (b). Simpleware can be used in conjunction with LightTools to run detailed optical scenarios in 3D anatomical models for biomedical applications.

Illumination Optical-design Software: Illumination-design software optimizes complex geometries

In its many different forms, illumination-design software models and optimizes complex optics and the illumination fields that they produce.
Synopsis is acquiring QTronic, provider of modeling software for validating and testing the interaction of networked ECUs, engine, transmission and other vehicle components through simulation.
Software & Accessories

Synopsys to acquire automotive software developer QTronic

The acquisition will accelerate vehicle systems and software development for applications such as autonomous vehicle lidar.


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Synopsys Announces 2019 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that students from Columbia University, Rose-Hulman...
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Synopsys' Latest LucidShape CAA V5 Based Enhancements Accelerate Automotive Lighting Design in CATIA

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the latest release of its LucidShape® ...

Illumination design software from Synopsys improves next-gen illumination optics

LightTools 8.7 illumination design software introduces advanced capabilities to help optical designers pinpoint and correct stray light issues early in the design process.
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Synopsys and Photonics Industry Leaders Partner to Advance PIC Technology with Plasmonics

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced that PLASMOfab, a research project funded by the EU innovation program Horizon...
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Synopsys and photonics industry leaders partner to advance PIC technology with plasmonics

Three-year project PLASMOfab advanced PICs and CMOS-compatible plasmonics for optical data communications and biosensing.
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Optical Design Software: Design for manufacturability in optical systems: In this case, perfection is the enemy

Techniques to reduce the impact of fabrication and assembly tolerances as part of the optimization process result in lower-cost optics for high-volume applications.
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Riding the winds of change: Photonics in 2019

As you will read in this Report on the 31st annual Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar, the revenue numbers remain good for lasers and across many photonics markets - but the...
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Synopsys to Showcase Design and IP Solutions for Optical Datacom and Hyperscale Data Centers at OFC 2019

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) will showcase its industry-leading RSoft™ product portfolio; Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC...
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Synopsys Introduces New LightTools Release with Advanced Stray Light Analysis

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the release of version 8.7 of its LightTools...
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Technology and Markets Panel: How advances in precision optics are driving new applications

Within this discussion, Tom Hausken guided the panelists through major questions of the promising technology of freeform optics.
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RSoft Product Updates Advance Optical Design for AR/VR Systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the release of version 2018.12 of the Synopsys RSoft™ ...
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AMF Photonics SiP Process Design Kit Available for Synopsys OptoDesigner Photonic IC Layout Solution

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) and Advanced Micro Foundry (AMF) today announced that a new, production-ready process design kit...
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Leti Silicon Photonics Design Kit Available For Synopsys OptoDesigner PIC Design Solution

Leti’s integrated silicon photonics platform has been developed for high-speed optical transceivers and highly-integrated optical interposer applications. The process design...
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Synopsys to demonstrate optical design software at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017

CODE V version 11.0 optical design software includes SpecBuilder and SpecEvaluator tools to help manage design and performance goals for an optical system.
FIGURE 1. Conceptual mapping from a point source to a freeform surface (P) to a set of target points (yn). The surface normals (Pn) are set to send the incident rays to their corresponding target points. The surface is then created using a B-spline surface interpolation [2].

Optical Design: Software tools design freeform optics for illumination

Newly developed tools integrated with commercial illumination software quickly create freeform reflective and refractive surfaces.
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Photonic Frontiers: Optical Design Software: Looking Back/Looking Forward: The growing power of software drives photonic innovation

Optical design was among the first computer applications. Today's software is vastly smarter, far more powerful, and has many more applications throughout the laser and optics...
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FIGURE 1. With Zemax's OpticStudio, an engineer can design an optics system, and the software simulates the behavior of the system and prepares output for manufacturing.

Biomedical Optics Design: Software speeds development of biomedical optics

Designing and simulating optical systems for life sciences applications is increasingly easy, thanks to a number of software options.
An optic made of the polymer PMMA and optimized via composite ray mapping collects light from a flat white-light LED, producing a uniform square floodlit illumination field. Light rays emitted from the LED at low angles relative to the optical axis are collected by a central refractive surface, while high-angle rays are reflected via total internal reflection (TIR) within the optic. Because the LED and its light emission are both nonrotationally symmetric, the freeform optical surfaces also must be nonrotationally symmetric to achieve high uniformity.
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Lens-design Software: Freeform LED lens-design approach produces high uniformity

One of the most actively developed uses for freeform optics right now is as light collectors and uniformizers for spotlight and directional-floodlight general-illumination LEDs...
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FIGURE 1. A cell-phone lens was optimized in CODE V without any control of tolerance sensitivity (a); a similar cell-phone lens was globally optimized in CODE V including the tolerance-sensitivity error function, resulting in a 24% improvement in RMS wavefront error (b). The cumulative probability charts show the probability of achieving the indicated RMS wavefront error performance for systems built within a set of specified tolerances using designated compensators. As the curves move farther to the left, better as-built performance is achieved.

Photonics Products: Lens-design Software: Optical design benefits from interconnected software

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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW: Top 20 technology picks for 2013 shed light on what's to come

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FIGURE 1. A mixed-level design flow can incorporate device-level laser modeling results within the context of system- and circuit-level simulation.

Laser modeling software requires minimal parameter knowledge

Optical light sources and the transmission medium are two of the most important elements in modeling a fiber-optic system, each having a significant impact on receiver design ...
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FIGURE 1. A power-spectral-density (PSD) plot from a NewView 3D optical-profiler of a diamond-turned surface includes spatial periods ranging from 100 to 0.5 μm.
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LARGE OPTICS: Mid-spatial-frequency errors: the hidden culprit of poor optical performance

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FIGURE 1. The flux mapping method is simple to use in designing a reflector, for example, but may require discontinuities in the generated freeform surface that produce artifacts in the illuminance pattern.

SOFTWARE & COMPUTING: Freeform optics design advances lighting and illumination

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