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Synopsys Introduces Improved Illumination Optics Design with New LightTools Version


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the release of version 9.1 of its LightTools® illumination design software, which expands LightTools' comprehensive features and workflows for illumination optics design with new tools to model and analyze light detection and ranging (LiDAR), AR/VR, and biomedical systems. Additionally, version 9.1 introduces a Distributed Simulation Module that increases the speed of computation-intensive ray tracing, as well as improved optomechanical interoperability with Dassault Systèmes' SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software.
"The feature and workflow enhancements in LightTools are tailored to help engineers focus on solving complex design challenges and delivering innovative optical systems to market sooner," said Stuart David, vice president of engineering in Synopsys' Optical Solutions Group. "SOLIDWORKS users working on optical designs can expect to speed up source characterizations. Engineers developing LiDAR systems can more easily perform time-of-flight analysis. And development of advanced applications for AR/VR, displays, and medical devices is improved with LightTools' comprehensive polarization analysis."
LightTools v9.1 update includes:
About the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group
The Synopsys Optical Solutions Group provides design tools that model all aspects of light propagation for high-accuracy optical product simulations and visualizations. With intelligent, easy-to-use solutions and an expert support team anchored by optical engineers, Synopsys helps organizations deliver superior optics to market faster. Learn more at
About Synopsys
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 the world's 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. Whether you're a system-on-chip (SoC) designer creating advanced semiconductors, or a software developer writing applications that require the highest security and quality, Synopsys has the solutions needed to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products. Learn more at