Glimmerglass Scores $10M Contract

Glimmerglass has been awarded a two-year $10M contract to provide Lambda Opticalsystems with its Reflexion photonic switching fabrics

May 5, 2004

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HAYWARD, Calif. -- Glimmerglass, a pioneer of transparent connectivity solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a $10 million contract to supply LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS, an advanced optical network solutions provider, with its carrier-class REFLEXION switching fabrics over the next two years. Glimmerglass has already delivered more than $1 million worth of fabrics to LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS, which incorporates the Glimmerglass fabrics within its LAMBDA NODE all-optical switching family.

Together, Glimmerglass and LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS worked through the specification and development of the world's smallest and highest-performing optical switching fabrics, which are based on Glimmerglass' Brilliance microphotonics technology comprised of a state-of-the-art 3D MEMS architecture and connection-control software. These components enable LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS to deliver affordable, flexible, and secure all-optical network solutions to customers. Key customer groups include government agencies that require reliable high-bandwidth data delivery and telecommunications carriers pressed to deliver enhanced services as cost-effectively as possible.

"Glimmerglass' technology is a key component of our optical networking solutions, because it enables the fast, reliable switching of optical wavelengths from one point to another," said Dr. John Taylor, CEO of LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS. "Next generation networks must be based on a transparent, all-optical core in order to support and effectively deliver a host of data, video, and other connection-intensive applications, regardless of protocol or data rate. Our partnership with Glimmerglass allows us to exceed the demanding performance requirements of government agencies and carriers at a fraction of the cost of traditional optical networks."

"Glimmerglass is revolutionizing the way light moving through fiber is connected across networks," said Mark Housley, president and CEO of Glimmerglass. "We are delighted that LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS chose to partner with us for its switching technology development and product sourcing."

LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS' all-optical network solutions combine DWDM technology with an industry-first capability to switch at the wavelength level. Unlike traditional DWDM networks, signals do not have to convert from optical to electric and back to optical again at each network node. Instead, all signal conversion and protocol-specific functions occur on the edge of the network, allowing core transmissions to be rapidly switched, routed, protected, and managed at the individual wavelength level -- unobstructed by traditional switching technology. This capability enables customers to realize significant cost savings, as it reduces network capital requirements by up to 80 percent.

"LAMBDA OPTICALSYSTEMS' solution set is central to extending DWDM networks beyond today's point-to-point systems to fully-switched mesh configurations of any complexity," said Housley. "The signal conversion savings alone are remarkable."

Glimmerglass Networks

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