Optiwave Systems Inc.

Partner category :

Commercialization partner | Photonic |

Business profile

Service offering

Optiwave’s cutting-edge photonic design automation software and customized engineering design services propose  its customers a distinct competitive advantage, by massively shortening their time to market while dramatically improving quality, productivity and cost-effectiveness.  Since its inception in 1994, Optiwave’s software has been licensed to more than 1000 industry-leading corporations and universities in over 70 countries worldwide.


To provide cutting-edge, high quality design automation software for the entire spectrum of the photonics industry, from nano-components through to optical components, systems and complete optical network design.


Optiwave is the emerging leader in the development of innovative software tools for the design, simulation, and optimization of components, links, systems and networks for the dynamically growing fields in photonics nanotechnology, optoelectronics, optical networks and other photonic applications.

Technologies and processes

OptiSystem: In an industry where cost effectiveness and productivity are imperative for success, the award winning OptiSystem can minimize time requirements and decrease cost related to the design of optical systems, links, and components. OptiSystem is an innovative, rapidly evolving, and powerful software design tool that enables users to plan, test, and simulate almost every type of optical link in the transmission layer of a broad spectrum of optical networks from LAN, SAN, MAN to ultra-long-haul. It offers transmission layer optical communication system design and planning from component to system level, and visually presents analysis and scenarios.

OptiSPICE: Allows for the design and simulation of opto-electronic circuits at the transistor level, from laser drivers to transimpedance amplifiers, optical interconnects and electronic equalizers. With the imminent coexistence of electrical and optical components at the chip and board level, it is important to provide designers with a reliable simulation framework that can accurately and efficiently predict signal behaviour in opto-electronic integrated circuits and boards. OptiSPICE produces self-consistent solutions of opto-electronic circuits that contain feedback spanning both optical and electrical parts. OptiSPICE is a fully-integrated solution for parameter extraction, schematic capture, circuit simulation and waveform analysis.

OptiFDTD: Enables you to design, analyze and test modern passive and nonlinear photonic components for wave propagation, scattering, reflection, diffraction, polarization and nonlinear phenomena. The core program of OptiFDTD is based on the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) algorithm with second-order numerical accuracy and the most advanced boundary condition – uniaxial perfectly matched layer (UPML) boundary condition. The algorithm solves both electric and magnetic fields in temporal and spatial domains using the full-vector differential form of Maxwell’s coupled curl equations. This allows for arbitrary model geometries and places no restriction on the material properties of the devices. OptiFDTD dramatically improves productivity of design engineers by reducing time-to-market.

OptiBPM: A computer-aided design software tool enabling design of complex optical waveguides, which perform guiding, coupling, switching, splitting, multiplexing, and demultiplexing of optical signals in photonic devices. OptiBPM is based on the Beam Propagation Method (BPM) of simulating the passage of light through any waveguide medium, both isotropic and anisotropic. With OptiBPM you can observe the near field distribution and examine the radiation and guided field, simultaneously. OptiBPM can improve a design engineer’s productivity, reduce risk, and lower overall costs related to design of waveguide devices.

OptiFiber: The optimal design of a given optical communication system depends directly on the choice of fiber parameters. Dimensions of the fiber cross-section, material composition, and refractive index profile all influence important linear and non-linear phenomena. OptiFiber uses numerical mode solvers and other models specialized to fibers for calculating dispersion, losses, birefringence, and PMD.

OptiGrating: Emerging as a de facto standard over the last decade, OptiGrating has delivered powerful and user friendly design software for modeling integrated and fiber optic devices that incorporate optical gratings. OptiGrating uses the Coupled Mode Theory to model the light and enable analysis and synthesis of gratings. A complex grating is approximated by a sequence of uniform segments, and analyzed by connecting the segments with the well-known Transfer Matrix Method. This gives the designer the information needed to test and optimize grating designs.

Optiwave Systems Inc.

7 Capella Court
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K2E 8A7

613 224-4700


Contact person

Jan Jakubczyk

President & CEO

613 224-4700