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The Hubble—Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

Astronomy was headline news on July 12, with the release of the amazing first full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). However, let’s not forget about the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, Engineering Services


How Digital Twins Will Dramatically Reduce Field Testing for Autonomous Vehicles

Explore how digital twin technology for optical sensors will accelerate the adoption of autonomous vehicles by reducing the need for field testing.

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Posted in Current Events and Trends, Featured, LiDAR


What is the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality?

We often use the terms augmented reality and virtual reality interchangeably. But how are they different?

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Posted in AR/VR, Current Events and Trends


Trends in Imaging Design: Why AR/VR Needs Disruptive, Smart Imaging Systems

Vision is so important to humans that almost half of your brain’s capacity is dedicated to visual perception. It’s no surprise that hyperscalers such as Meta, Microsoft, and Apple have bet on augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) – starting with augmented vision – to become the new machine-human interface. Since our eyes are the second most complex organ after our brains, it makes sense for AR/VR to replace personal computers and smartphones. However, many technical hurdles remain in electronics (the brain) and optics (the eyes). In my first blog post on trends in imaging design, I discussed how digital twins will foster mass customization and data optimization through end-to-end simulation of imaging systems, from manufacturing and testing to user experience virtualization. In this blog post, I will focus on how AR/VR is driving innovation in imaging design. Whoever thought that digital twins include only mechanical, thermal, or electrical components are missing the need for AR/VR systems to develop disruptive, optical, smart imaging systems.

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Posted in AR/VR, Current Events and Trends


Trends in Imaging Design: Using Digital Twins to Optimize Imaging Systems

In the early years of computing, the most common data types were text and numbers. During the last 20 years, we have seen an exponential increase in the use of multimedia data types such as images and videos. In 2017, over 1.2 trillion photos were taken with consumer electronics, and multimedia data accounts for half of the data generated and consumed worldwide. The growth of image data is a direct consequence of the dissemination of imaging systems in multiple domains, from medical systems to smart mobile devices, automotive to manufacturing, and aerospace to defense and security.

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Posted in AR/VR, Automotive, Current Events and Trends


Structural, Thermal and Optical Performance (STOP) Analysis in CODE V

For a complex optical system such as the James Webb Space Telescope, structural and thermal analyses are key to modeling the effects of mechanical, gravitational, and thermal influences on the optical system. This helps ensure the system can perform as expected after being subjected to the rigors of space launch and flight. Efficient modeling makes it easier to understand the impact of external influences on optical system performance and will save you time and money when bringing your optical designs to life.  Learn how Synopsys CODE V optical design software offers effective Structural, Thermal and Optical Performance (STOP) analysis, which is supported by Sigmadyne SigFit Mechanical and Optical Analysis Software.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, Product features


Hopes and Expectations for the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a very large, complex, challenging mission, and the Synopsys optical engineering team has been privileged to be a member of the JWST Product Integrity Team throughout this demanding project. Launch is scheduled for December 24, 7:20 a.m. EST.

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Posted in Current Events and Trends, Engineering Services


2021 Synopsys Photonic Symposium Recap

On September 21-22, 2021, Synopsys hosted its annual Photonic Symposium to convey the current state of the integrated photonics market and its diverse end applications.

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Posted in Current Events and Trends, Photonic Solutions


SPIE Optics + Photonics Digital Forum

Who’d have thought you could attend a conference and stay home at the same time? Because of the current world health situation, many conferences are now online, including the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference. In just a few weeks, SPIE will host this annual event as a free digital forum.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, LightTools, Photonic Solutions, Trade shows and conferences


Making the Most Out of Working from Home – Attend These Virtual Events

With many of us working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to forgo travel, trips, attending trade shows, and in-person training. Many trade shows have been cancelled or postponed. Connecting with people has been challenging, and we have been relying on technology and the internet to get in touch with colleagues. So, as you settle in at your home office, we have made a way for you to connect with us and make the most of your time working from home. Here are some training resources and upcoming webinars. Also, connect with us on social media.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events and Trends, LightTools, LucidShape, Photonic Solutions, Product features