Pittsburgh-based engineering simulation software maker ANSYS has agreed to acquire France-based optical simulation software provider OPTIS with the transaction expected to be completed in Q2.
OPTIS develops physics-based software that simulates light and human vision. Its customers include automotive giants Audi, Ford, Toyota, and Ferrari as well as other industry leaders such as Boeing, Airbus, GE, Swarovski, and L’Oreal.
Engineering simulation plays an increasingly important role in sensor development as the industry races to develop safe autonomous vehicles.
ANSYS has created simulation solutions specifically for autonomous vehicle sensor development, and will extend its market leadership with the OPTIS acquisition.
The addition of OPTIS’ capabilities to the ANSYS portfolio will result in a comprehensive sensor solution for the market, covering visible and infrared light, electromagnetics and acoustics for camera, radar, and lidar.
OPTIS has also developed a photo-realistic virtual reality (VR) and closed-loop simulation platform, which will help speed the development of autonomous vehicles.
Using this VR backbone – combined with other ANSYS solutions – automotive manufacturers can simulate the environment driverless vehicles are navigating, including road conditions, weather and one-way streets.
“Like ANSYS, OPTIS is a technology leader, and together we’ll deliver pervasive engineering simulation to a new set of companies while extending simulation to next-generation use cases like cameras and lidar development for autonomous vehicles,” said Eric Bantegnie, Vice President and General Manager of ANSYS.
“Combining OPTIS’ physics-based solutions for optical simulation with ANSYS’ deep and broad portfolio will be a competitive advantage for our customers and the entire industry,” said Jacques Delacour, President and CEO of OPTIS.
OPTIS released the first GPU-accelerated predictive renderer that mixes rasterisation, deterministic ray tracing, and Monte Carlo ray tracing to provide highly realistic spectral propagation of light. Ray tracing is essential to predictive simulation, as it provides the necessary information to make the right decision based on what a human eye would see.
“We use powerful NVIDIA GPU technologies like the new Quadro GV100 to accelerate our simulation applications and algorithms, and NVIDIA OptiX for fast, AI-based rendering,” said Delacour.