Synopsys makes optical design software foray

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BSAN FRANCISCO: EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc has completed their acquisition of Optical Research Associates (ORA). ORA are a privately held optical design software provider and also an engineering services provider. Details regarding the financial terms of the acquisition, have not been revealed at this time.

Software from ORA is used to design and optimize applications that need light to be controlled or manipulated. Synopsys, according to EETimes, has stated that the addition of ORA's technology to their firm would enable them to move into markets associated with displays and solid state lighting using light emitting diodes, as well as empower their expansion into semiconductor lithography equipment and camera markets.

The acquisition has been described by Synopsys as the company’s first move into the optical design software market in line with its strategy to expand into areas that are adjacent to EDA. Sources at the company say that the analysis and optimization of optical systems involves the same level of algorithmic and software engineering expertise Synopsys is known to provide