OptiInstrument: Optical System Measurement and Testing

OptiInstrument, developed by Optiwave in collaboration with EXFO, is a versatile and user-friendly software designed for use in the photonics and optoelectronics fields. Specifically tailored to meet the needs of researchers, scientists, photonic engineers, professors, and students, this optical system testing software tool makes it easy to communicate with various instruments using remote control scripts.

At the core of its design is the objective to streamline and enhance the control and communication processes with instruments, making it an indispensable tool for those engaged in cutting-edge photonic research and development. As a product of Optiwave’s long-standing expertise and commitment to innovation in photonics design and automated component testing software, OptiInstrument is a gateway to optimizing and simplifying complex tasks in the dynamic world of photonics.

A function generator and oscilloscope for OptiInstrument software communication and control.


  • Remote communication with instruments
  • Setting equipment parameters
  • Characterization and automated testing
  • Passive optical component testing and characterization
  • Environmental testing
  • Extraction and saving generated signals for post processing
  • Integration of instruments from a variety of fields, including photonics and electronics with software simulation tools

Key Features

  • User-Friendly GUI that operates in a single window
  • Execute one or a sequence of SCPI commands
  • Import script files and sequences
  • Rearrange commands, add loops, and pause from a preconfigured list
  • Create Python script from a sequence of commands
  • Edit and run Python code using the built-in editor
  • Display graph or table view of data signals
  • Remotely operate and control of instruments
  • Save results of executed SCPI commands in a CSV or JSON file
  • Run preformatted scripts to automate optical measurements using EXFO equipment
  • Run configured scripts to talk to CTP10, OTDR, OSA, or VOA
  • Multiple traces in graph at the same time
  • Seamless import of Python functions for test sequences

Unleash the Power of Photonic Instrumentation with OptiInstrument

EXFO LTB-12 instrumentOptiInstrument stands at the forefront of facilitating efficient and sophisticated control over a wide array of photonic instruments. At its core, this software functions as a bridge between the user and their instruments, enabling seamless communication and control. Whether it’s for physical or remote operation or optical system experiments, OptiInstrument’s interface is designed to be intuitively understood, ensuring that users can quickly adapt to its functionalities. The optical system testing software’s robust design allows for real-time interaction with instruments, ensuring that data acquisition and analysis are not only accurate but also instantaneous. This immediacy in data handling significantly enhances the productivity and effectiveness of research activities.


Users leverage this tool for a variety of applications, from conducting intricate experiments in photonics to engaging in detailed optoelectronic component analysis. The benefits are numerous – streamlined workflow, increased accuracy in measurements, and the ability to remotely control instruments, which is particularly useful in complex or hazardous environments. To ensure users can fully harness the capabilities of OptiInstrument, Optiwave provides a comprehensive suite of manual tutorials and videos. These learning resources are designed to help users quickly grasp the software’s functionalities and apply them effectively in their work.

Discover the Optiwave Advantage

OptiInstrument program windowSince 1994, Optiwave has been at the forefront of photonics design software, bringing unparalleled expertise and dedication to every product. Experience the Optiwave difference with a 30-day free software evaluation for our optical system testing software and other products. During this evaluation, engage directly with our development and support teams for any queries or guidance. Our unique position as a smaller yet highly specialized company allows for more personalized support and direct access to our expert developers.

Whatever your photonics needs are, we have a solution ready for you. Start your automated component testing and optical system experiments journey with Optiwave today!


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