Optical Research Associates Acquired By Synopsys

Pasadena-based Optical Research Associates, a developer of optical design software and optical engineering services, has been acquired by semiconductor design software firm Synopsys, Synopsys said late yesterday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. According to Synopsys, the acquisition will extend its engineering software capability into optical design and analysis. ORA's software is used for designing such products as solid state lighting and light emitting diodes, as well as semiconductor lithography equipment and cameras. ORA was founded in 1963, and was founded by Thomas Harris.