Synopsys acquires RSoft Design Group

Optical design software supplier Synopsys has acquired RSoft, which provides photonics design and simulation software.

Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), which specializes in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, has completed the acquisition of privately-held RSoft Design Group, Inc. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Headquartered in Ossining, New York, RSoft is a provider of photonics design and simulation software.

Mountain View, California-based Synopsys describes the acquisition as a “natural extension of its entry into the optics market.” This began in October 2010, when Synopsys acquired Optical Research Associates, a privately-held provider of optical design software and optical engineering services, including Code V and LightTools software products.

"Synopsys' strategy is two-fold: continued leadership in EDA 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 general manager of Synopsys' Silicon Engineering Group.

Among many other applications, RSoft's software can be used to accurately model nano-scale 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.

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