The optical mux family of products resulting from this research will be called LightRider and will target metro-area DWDM equipment

August 10, 2000

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OTTAWA -- Mitel Corporation (TSE:MLT)(NYSE:MLT) has produced working prototypes of photonic devices aimed at improving the price/performance ratio of Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) by an order of magnitude or more. Mitel has employed a form of grating known as an Echelle Grating and tapped into its proven semiconductor fabrication expertise to develop a number of proprietary, patentable techniques and built a better chip. The result may lead to a higher-capacity, single-chip device based on standard semiconductor materials that dramatically alters the economics of high-speed optical communications.

"Moving this technology to silicon instead of relying on more expensive and exotic materials, holds significant promise for cheaper, more reliable devices that are essential for high-speed optical transmission," said Dr. R. Normandin, director general, Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada. "Mitel's approach will positively influence performance and cost limitations."

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