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Design Workshop Technologies Announces Agreement with Optiwave

Design Workshop Technologies, a leader in physical layout and verification software for analog, optical design and microfabrication industries, today announced the formation of a technology development relationship with Optiwave.

The two companies have entered into an agreement whereby they will cooperate on the development of a technology that will integrate Optiwave?s waveguide modeling software, OptiBPM, with Design Workshop?s dw-2000 physical layout and verification software. Under the terms of the agreement, Optiwave will also market and distribute the technology jointly developed by the two companies, along with the OptiBPM and dw-2000 software packages.

The integration between OptiBPM and dw-2000, which will be in the form of a common interface, will offer users a complete solution for the design and manufacture of integrated photonic devices. The development of a common interface between OptiBPM and dw-2000 will allow for a smooth transition between design of photonic devices and the creation of masks used in the manufacturing process.

?We are very excited about this joint development agreement as it will allow us to offer customers a comprehensive solution that will facilitate the design and manufacture of integrated photonic devices? said Velko Tzolov, VP of Marketing and Sales at Optiwave Corporation. ?It will bridge the current gap between the modeling design and manufacturing worlds?.

OptiBPM is a computer aided design system that facilitates the design of a variety of integrated and fiber optics guided wave problems. dw-2000 is a physical layout and verification design system used for creating masks and verifying design rules imposed by the most advanced manufacturing processes.

?We are very pleased to cooperate with Optiwave on the development of an end-to-end solution for the design of integrated photonic devices?, said Peter MacKenzie, VP of Business Development at Design Workshop Technologies. ?Combining our expertise in design tools for semiconductor manufacturing and Optiwave?s expertise in optical design and modeling, will give customers the opportunity to get to market faster and reduce costs.?

About Optiwave Corporation

Since its inception in 1994, Optiwave Corporation has established its position as a world leader in the development of innovative software for the design, simulation, and optimization of components, links, and systems for the dynamic fiber optics telecommunications industry and other photonics applications. Optiwave Corporation also provides custom solutions through engineering design and consulting.

Optiwave software has been licensed to industry leaders and universities in more than 40 countries.

About Design Workshop Technologies

Design Workshop Technologies provides affordable, high quality physical design and verification software for the microelectronic and opto-electronic industries. dw-2000 is Design Workshop?s flagship suite of products, used by customers worldwide to deliver winning designs for over fourteen years.

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