Optiwave Systems Inc.

Optiwave Systems Inc.
ZEMAX Development Corporation

ZEMAX Development Corporation

January 17, 2007 07:39 ET

Optiwave and ZEMAX Announce Collaboration to Streamline Optical Engineering Simulation Compatibility

New Interface Improves Design Process for Optical Engineers.

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON and OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 17, 2007) - Optiwave Systems Inc., the leading provider of waveguide optical component and system design tools, and ZEMAX Development Corp., the leading worldwide provider of lens design and illumination simulation applications software, today announced a collaboration to create a new interface to streamline the exchange of data between popular optical engineering simulation design tools provided by Optiwave and ZEMAX.

The new interface will enable Optiwave and ZEMAX users to import and export their proprietary file formats between each platform, allowing for easy data exchange between the two popular optical engineering simulation environments in their respective fields.

"Together, Optiwave and ZEMAX are delivering easy data exchange between the two most widely used design applications that optical engineers choose for lens design, illumination, and optical waveguide design," said Jan Jakubczyk, President and CEO of Optiwave. "Research engineers involved in the design of flat panel displays, optical data storage and telecom equipment frequently use a number of simulation design tools from different vendors to meet their design needs. Our interface will help bridge the flow of information between Optiwave and ZEMAX products."

OptiBPM, Optiwave's waveguide optics design suite, will be the first Optiwave product to include the new interface. A waveguide mode computed in OptiBPM can be propagated through a bulk optical system in ZEMAX, and then re-imported to OptiBPM. Facilitating easier and faster designs of waveguide couplers, as both tools can access the same data.

"Customers will benefit immediately by bringing two of their most important software investments closer together," said Mark Nicholson, Vice President, Operations at ZEMAX. "This is a valuable new feature that helps engineers reduce simulation complexity by streamlining the flow of data between OptiBPM and ZEMAX."

The new interface will appear in the next version of OptiBPM and ZEMAX design software.

About Optiwave Systems Inc.

Optiwave is the leading provider of essential design tools for photonics, hosting an unparalleled suite of award-wining simulation software products. Optiwave provides a comprehensive variety of optical component and system design tools to hundreds of leading high-technology businesses and academic institutions. An established community of over one thousand scientific users in over forty countries worldwide support Optiwave's hallmark of achievements in Canadian business for over a decade.

Optiwave is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with an established distribution network throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. To download a free evaluation license, please visit Optiwave's online resource centre at optiwave.com.

About ZEMAX Development Corporation:

ZEMAX Development Corporation is a privately held company based in Bellevue, WA, USA. ZDC is the manufacturer of the award-winning ZEMAX optical system design software; the most widely used commercial lens design code. ZEMAX is used for lens design, illumination system design, stray light analysis and laser beam propagation. ZDC also provides training in computer-based optical design methods. A free demonstration version may be downloaded from www.zemax.com

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