Synopsys rolled out version 7.1 of their LightTools illumination design and analysis software. LightTools v7.1 release features new analytical capabilities that speed the development of luminaires (especially general lighting and automotive applications). LightTools is a 3D optical engineering and design software product that supports virtual prototyping, simulation, optimization, and photorealistic renderings of illumination applications. The LightTools version 7.1 is available now. LightTools was formerly an Optical Research Associates (ORA) product and is now part of Synopsys, Inc.
National Semiconductor introduced WEBENCH LED Architect online designer tool. WEBENCH LED Architect is a tool for complete lighting system design up to 100,000 lumens in output. The visual tool analyzes 350 of the latest LEDs from 12 leading manufacturers, 30 heat sinks, 35 LED drivers, and a library of 21,000 electronic passive components. LED performance, electronic drive current and heat compensation are balanced in seconds. Electrical simulation is included as an option for additional testing, validation or component selection.