where vision meets precision: Optical Simulation Software, Measurement Systems & Consulting

CBS Inc. is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Photon Engineering’s and Photon Design’s software products. Through our partnership with Photon Engineering, we bring you the globally recognized FRED Optical Engineering Software suite used for straylight analysis, laser systems, LED/illumination system design, and imaging systems. Additionally, we offer Photon Design's CAD tools used for modeling both active and passive photonics components and optical circuits. As the North American distributor for opsira, we offer high-tech products in the fields of photometry, spectrometry, and goniometry.

We are committed to enhancing your optical engineering projects with innovative software and measurement solutions. Get in touch with us today to explore how we can take your research and projects to a new height.

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Elevate Your Photonics Projects with Photon Design’s Advanced Software 

CBS Inc. proudly serves as the Canadian distributor for Photon Design’s software products, a global leader in the tools for both active and passive photonic component design, as well as photonic integrated circuits. Photon Design's products are currently used in hundreds of laboratories in dozens of countries, contribute to thousands of leading research publications, and are used to develop the next generation of micro and nano optics.


FIMMWAVE is a powerful and fully vectorial mode solver for 2D + Z waveguide structures. It is a highly flexible waveguide CAD tool that has the ability to solve for a wide range of materials and complex waveguide geometries as it supports a large number of complementary algorithms.


FIMMPROP is a powerful and versatile tool for simulating 2D and 3D optical propagation in waveguides. Through the Eigenmode Expansion Method, it not only provides the simulation result, but also gives a detailed explanation of what's going on within the device, leading to valuable insights that can be used to improve the structures.


OMNISIM is a robust and versatile simulation tool used for the design and optimization of nano-photonic and plasmonic devices. OMNISIM is the only software package to include both FDTD, FETD and RCWA engines.


PICWAVE is a photonic circuit (PIC) simulator including a sophisticated physical model for laser diodes and SOAs. The simulator is ideal for developing optoelectronic devices such as tuneable lasers and modulators, then studying their interaction in a larger circuit.


HAROLD is an advanced heterostructure simulator for modeling Fabry-Perot quantum well lasers with near-arbitrary vertical structure and layer compositions. HAROLD also includes a full 3D VCSEL model, taking into account optical, electrical, and thermal effects.


EPIPPROP is a unique and innovative tool for the modeling and optimisation of AWGs (arrayed waveguide gratings) and echelle gratings and planar concave gratings in particular for wavelength division multiplexing applications (WDM/DWDM).

Design, Simulate & Innovate with FRED Optical Engineering Software

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Feature Highlights Include:

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 
64-bit architecture
Coherent Beam propagation 
Multi-threading using up to 17 CPU threads 
Built-in scripting environment

FRED Optimum

Includes FRED features, plus:

All features included in FRED standard 
Multi-variable optimization capability                        
Parameter Sensitivity Analysis
Tolerancing analysis 
System Configurations Manager             
Parameter Pickups
Distributed calculation function on unlimited PCs 
Multi-threading up to 127 CPU threads 
Distributed Computing


Includes FRED and FRED Optimum features, plus:

All features included in FRED Standard & Optimum 
GPU based raytrace calculation            
150x faster raytrace             
Linear scaling with number of GPUs             
Ray splitting and Monte Carlo options
Single and double precision modes
Distributed computing capability

Bringing Accuracy and Innovation to Light with opsira's Optical Measurement Systems

As the exclusive North American distributor of opsira's renowned optical measurement systems, we take pride in offering a wide range of high-precision optical measurement products designed to meet the evolving needs of industries where precision and accuracy are paramount. From the robogonio goniophotometer, which seamlessly combines near-field, rapid far-field, and spectral measurement capabilities into a single, versatile system, to integrating spheres, luminance cameras, radiometers, spectrometers, and an extensive range of additional cutting-edge equipment, we provide a comprehensive suite of solutions that cater to the specific requirements of various sectors.

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Optical Engineering Consulting

At CBS, our highly experienced multilingual team excels across a diverse range of industries. We take pride in our ability to provide comprehensive design and analysis services, covering the entire spectrum of the Research and Development (R&D) process. From conceptualizing and evaluating initial proofs of concept to meticulously debugging prototype performance and conducting thorough stray light analyses for substantial optical systems. Our extensive experience across diverse markets and applications, combined with our world-class optical design and optomechanical engineering skills, positions us to guide your projects from inception to production while optimizing for cost, performance, and quality.