What is FRED?

FRED Optical Engineering Software is a globally recognized optomechanical raytracing software used by companies, government, and universities in the development of optical systems used for straylight analysis, laser systems, LED / illumination system design and imaging systems. FRED has an easy to use CAD-like interface and is the most flexible raytracing software.

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FREDmpc

The latest version of FRED - FREDmpc is the only optical engineering software in the world that performs calculations using GPUs. The analysis processing speed of FREDmpc can be 100 to 500 times faster than the analysis processing speed using a conventional multi-threaded CPU.

FREDmpc is currently the only fully functional, general purpose optical engineering software that uses GPUs.

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Feature Overview

 GPU raytrace - over 100x faster than multi-threaded CPU raytrace calculations
 3D graphical interface for model rendering, construction and verification
 Import lens data from lens design software such as Zemax, CODE V, OSLO
 Import and export 3D CAD files such as IGES, STEP, OBJ, etc.
 Non-sequential and sequential ray tracing
 Latest catalog data such (glasses, optical components, etc.)
 Coherent Beam propagation (laser, interference, diffraction, polarization)
 Multivariable optimizer
 Tolerancing analysis
 Multithreading using up to 63 threads
 Distributed calculation function on unlimited PCs
 Built-in BASIC Scripting



Applications

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Stray Light Analysis

  • Imaging systems, Cameras, Astronomical Telescopes
  • Ghosts, Flares
  • Optomechanical Modeling
  • Scatter
  • Surface Roughness / Contamination
  • UV to long-wave IR
  • Thermal self-emission analysis

Illumination Design

  • Lightpipe design
  • Freeform optics
  • LED Display
  • Projectors
  • Fluorescence

Optical Instrument Design

  • Interferometers
  • Spectrometers
  • Diffractometers
  • Sensors
  • Solar Concentrators

Laser Systems

  • Fiber Coupling
  • Wavefront Correctors
  • Polarization convertors
  • Laser line generator

Automobile

  • Heads Up Display System
  • LiDAR
  • Infrared Camera

Biomedical

  • Human Tissue / Skin scatter
  • Endoscopes
  • Human Eye Models



FRED Userbase

FRED is used in companies, universities and research laboratories worldwide.
Below is a list of some of these who have published papers related to FRED.

About Photon Engineering

Founded in 1997 Photon Engineering is an optical engineering software and consulting firm, and are the creators of industry-leading raytracing software FRED.

CBS Japan is the exclusive distributor of FRED in Japan.