Synopsys acquires RSoft, expands photonics software offering

May 9, 2012
Mountain View, CA--Optoelectronics software provider Synopsys completed the acquisition of photonics design and simulation software company RSoft Design Group, extending its optical solutions offering.

Mountain View, CA--Optoelectronics software provider Synopsys (Nasdaq: SNPS) completed the acquisition of privately held RSoft Design Group (RSoft; Ossining, NY), a provider of photonics design and simulation software. By combining Synopsys' imaging and illumination design products with RSoft's photonics design products, Synopsys extends its photonics software platform to provide a more complete set of optical solutions to current customers, as well as to support new technologies, applications, and markets as they emerge. Synopsys says the acquisition is a natural extension of its entry into the optics market that began in 2010 with the acquisition of Optical Research Associates (ORA). The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Synopsys' strategy is two-fold: continued leadership in EDA [electronic design automation] while expanding our total addressable market into adjacent technologies, including optical design. The addition of RSoft's products expands Synopsys' solutions in both the optical and adjacent photonic markets," said Howard Ko, senior VP and GM of Synopsys' Silicon Engineering Group. "RSoft's products also complement our TCAD Sentaurus portfolio by providing a number of capabilities that allow us to extend our offering into other photonic areas such as optical waveguide modeling. This and many other capabilities will create strong synergies with Synopsys technology that will help us enable new opportunities with key customers."

RSoft's software is used to design and optimize optical telecommunications components, as well as in the design and simulation of complete optical telecommunication systems and networks. In semiconductor manufacturing, RSoft's software is used to design and optimize nanolithography components to enable faster and lower-power processors. RSoft's software can also be used to accurately model nanoscale optical structures that enhance the light extraction efficiency of applications such as LED structures, displays and solar cells, as well as enable increased optical data storage capacity.

Synopsys says it supplies the global electronics market with the software, intellectual property (IP) and services used in semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing. Synopsys' comprehensive, integrated portfolio of implementation, verification, IP, manufacturing and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions helps address the key challenges designers and manufacturers face today, such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. Synopsys has approximately 70 offices in North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India.

SOURCE: Synopsys; http://synopsys.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1024

About the Author

Gail Overton | Senior Editor (2004-2020)

Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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