Synopsys' CODE V Delivers Optical Design Innovations That Enable Reduced Manufacturing Costs
CODE V version 10.5 is now generally available
CODE V version 10.5
October 9, 2012
• Direct optimization method can reduce sensitivity of optical systems to manufacturing tolerances, improve as-built
performance and minimize production costs
• New tolerancing feature provides increased flexibility for modeling surface irregularities and evaluating their impact
on system performance
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a global leader accelerating
innovation in the design, verification and manufacture of chips and systems, today announced the availability of Synopsys' CODE V®
Optical Design Software, version 10.5, which offers new and improved optimization and tolerancing capabilities for the design of
high-performance optical systems with reduced sensitivity to manufacturing and alignment errors. This helps designers create
systems in CODE V that not only perform as specified, but are also less expensive to manufacture and can be assembled faster.
"When manufacturing optical systems, it is critical to understand the impact of tolerances on as-built performance," said George
Bayz, vice president and general manager of the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys. "Designers can take advantage of CODE V's
ability to deliver accurate predictions of this performance. With version 10.5, we have strengthened CODE V's industry-leading
optimization and tolerancing capabilities to help designers optimize to the best design and have confidence that the result can
Reduce Tolerance Sensitivity Control
CODE V has been enhanced to allow direct optimization of the as-built RMS wavefront error, a key performance metric for optical
systems. The new Reduce Tolerance Sensitivity control (SAB, for Sensitivity As Built) is used in optimization to reduce the impact
of tolerances on final system performance. The tight integration of CODE V's tolerancing and optimization processes helps users
create practical optical designs that meet performance requirements and minimize production costs with achievable component and
assembly tolerances and post-assembly adjustments. The SAB control can be used in CODE V's local optimization feature, as well as
its Global Synthesis® global optimization feature.
"Enhancing the industry-leading efficiency of Global Synthesis with as-built sensitivity optimization makes CODE V a clear choice
for optical design," said Ian Murray, senior project engineer at Exotic Electro-Optics. "We observed significant performance gains
by directly targeting sensitivities rather than utilizing less reliable metrics."
"With CODE V's Reduce Tolerance Sensitivity control, I achieved a 30 percent improvement in as-built MTF using the same set of
tolerances," said Harvey Spencer, chief scientist, optical design at DRS Technologies. "CODE V supports user adjustment of the
tolerance sensitivity component weights in the optimization merit function, which is critical to success. The time added to the
optimization when using SAB is reasonable, considering the amount of computation performed and the time saved over manual
Improved Surface Irregularity Modeling
A new irregularity model for CODE V's Monte Carlo-based tolerancing provides increased flexibility and robustness for modeling
optical surface shape irregularities and their impact on as-built system performance. The model utilizes CODE V's interferogram
file construct, which allows the direct import of interferometrically measured surface or wavefront deformations to define the
tolerance-based surface irregularity. The interferogram file approach can be applied to any surface shape and oriented independently
of other lens construction parameters.
Availability & Resources
CODE V version 10.5 is available now. Learn more about CODE V at:
About CODE V
CODE V is an optical engineering and design software solution that supports the optimization, analysis and tolerancing of
image-forming optical systems and free-space photonic devices. For more information, visit
Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) accelerates innovation in the global electronics market.
As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP, its software,
IP and services help engineers address their design, verification, system and manufacturing challenges.
Since 1986, engineers around the world have been using Synopsys technology to design and create billions
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