FREDoptimum ray-tracing software is an update to Photon Engineering's (Munich, Germany) FRED optical engineering program. The 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software aims to help biophotonic system designers define and optimize the use of biomedical elements, and study the operation of their designs. Based on new algorithms, FREDoptimum promises to optimize optical elements according to specific requirements.
FRED is intended for everyone from the infrequent user to the experienced engineer. It supports import of optical designs from lens-design and CAD (STEP and IGES) programs. You can insert off-the-shelf lenses from vendor catalogs, and organize your system model into real-world assemblies and sub-assemblies. The software supports enables real-time visualization, and exports files in STEP and IGES formats.
FRED can be applied to a very broad range of applications, including illumination systems, lightpipes, reflectors, imaging systems, projection systems, LEDs, scanners, thermal imaging systems; stray light analyses; laser and interferometric systems; ghost analyses; coherent beam propagation; prototype and experimental system layout; diagnostic analyses; and virtual prototyping.
It takes advantage of the high performance capabilities of multi-CPU systems containing more than two cores. FREDoptimum-tested systems include the AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon, Itanium, and Pentium IV Hyper-Threading CPU technologies. Typical benchmark results for these CPUs show an average ray trace speed increase of 3x for a two CPU Opteron Dual Core system (4 cores) over a single CPU. Our new Turbo edition dramatically increases ray trace speed by breaking up the raytracing task across multiple CPUs without user intervention. According to Photon Engineering, the only CPU with poor benchmarks has been the Hyper-Threaded (HT) CPU type which is a pseudo PCU that does not multitask similar CPU tasks well.
The purchase of FREDoptimum includes 12 months technical support and updates.
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