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

New features link industry-leading imaging and lighting design tools for faster multi-domain optical simulations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the availability of new and improved interoperability features between CODE V® and LightTools®, which allow designers to easily simulate optical systems containing components imaging and non-imaging, reduce product development time. Designers can leverage the industry-leading design, optimization, and tolerancing capabilities of CODE V and LightTools to develop a wide range of optical systems with unparalleled speed and accuracy, augmented reality headsets, and heads-up displays to optics and electro-optics for smartphones. imaging systems.

In the iterative design environment, CODE V surface models are automatically converted to solid models in LightTools for high-fidelity optical product simulations. Design updates are maintained seamlessly between products, including all optical properties, receivers and sources. JOYA Team, an optical system design and engineering company, used CODE V and LightTools to design augmented reality systems and tried an early version of the new interoperability between products.

“CODE V and LightTools each bring enormous value to optical system design, but the improved communication between them in this major software update is a complete game-changer,” said Olga Resnik, co-founder of JOYA Team. “Design tasks have been simplified. The time required to optimize imaging and non-imaging aspects has been significantly reduced. Synopsys software solutions enable our team to continue to bring next-generation optical innovations to market. .”

Designers can also take advantage of new advanced modeling features in both products. For example, surface-based modeling in LightTools allows CAD geometries to be instantly ray-traced as free-standing surfaces and as parts of solid geometry for more efficient and flexible optical system simulations. In CODE V and LightTools, enhancements to diffractive surfaces and volume holographic optical elements support the development of holographic surfaces for heads-up displays and AR/VR headsets. Automatic adjustments in CODE V to material indices for different temperature and pressure conditions support advanced modeling of aerospace and defense systems.

Optical systems can be virtually prototyped with ultimate physical realism using the LightTools SmartStart library, which provides an extensive database of measured materials and optical property data. With the help of assets in the SmartStart library, designers can make quick decisions on which materials to use in their optical systems to optimize product performance and save money.

“CODE V and LightTools are unique in the optical software industry, with smart modeling tools, optimization AI, and fast, accurate tolerancing to reduce manufacturing costs,” said Stuart David, Vice President of Synopsys Optical Solutions. “Designers trust Synopsys optical solutions to handle the toughest system requirements and help them deliver the best possible designs. Combining CODE V and LightTools in an iterative design environment gives optical engineers tremendous power to innovate new systems and achieve huge productivity gains.”


Version 2022.03 of CODE V and LightTools are available now. Customers with a current maintenance contract can download the software from the Synopsys website using their SolvNetPlus account.

About Synopsys

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) is the Silicon to Software™ partner for innovative companies that develop the electronic products and software applications we rely on every day. As an S&P 500 company, Synopsys has long been a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property and offers the broadest portfolio of testing tools and services in industry application security. 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 to deliver innovative products. Learn more at

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