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Optiwave Introduces Free 32-bit FDTD

Fully Unlicensed FDTD Software Allows Everyone To Freely Utilize Finite-Difference Time-Domain Simulations.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/25/14 -- Optiwave Systems Inc., the leading provider of optical component and system design tools, today announced the immediate availability of its free OptiFDTD 32-bit software. Optiwave has been successfully developing FDTD software for over a decade, and would like to show appreciation to the photonics community by distributing its 32-bit FDTD product at no cost. This freeware includes the complete set of OptiFDTD features, requires no licensing dongle, and operates perpetually.

OptiFDTD freeware 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 conditions - Uniaxial Perfectly Matched Layer (UPML). The algorithm solves both electric and magnetic fields in temporal and spatial domain 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.

"Using our free FDTD software, users can design a multitude of applications including: Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR), photonic band gap devices, nanoparticles, diffractive micro-optic elements, complex integrated optical structures, optical micro-ring filters, grating based waveguide structures, and electro-magnetic phenomena" said Jan Jakubczyk, President and CEO of Optiwave. "This free offering gives academic organizations, research institutions, and corporations throughout the world the ability to simulate their FDTD projects regardless of budget".

Optiwave's FDTD freeware is available online: http://optiwave.com/resources/academia/free-fdtd-download/.

About Optiwave Systems Inc.

Optiwave (www.optiwave.com) is a leading provider of engineering design software products for photonic, biophotonic, and system design engineers. 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 engineers and scientists in over sixty countries supports Optiwave's hallmark of achievements in Canadian business for 20 years.

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 www.optiwave.com.

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