New Focus Ships Raman Hybrid

The New Focus iPBC performs the dual functionality of a polarization beam combiner and an isolator

December 5, 2001

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- New Focus, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUFO), a leading supplier of innovative fiber-optic products for next generation optical networks under the Smart Optics for Networks(TM) brand, today announced that the company has begun volume shipments of its iPBC(TM), the industry's first hybrid device designed specifically for high-power Raman and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs). Through a patent-pending design, the New Focus iPBC(TM) performs the dual functionality of a polarization beam combiner and an isolator while delivering almost twice the efficiency of conventional stand-alone devices. "Customer reception of our iPBC(TM) during product sampling over the past five months and the commencement of volume shipments will allow New Focus to address the emerging market for hybrid passive components," said Dr. Timothy Day, vice president, chief technology officer and co-founder of New Focus, Inc. "The unique qualities of this passive component give New Focus a time-to-market advantage in hybrid products for high-power Raman and EDFAs," he added. Responding to the emerging trend to offer advanced hybrid components in amplifier designs, the New Focus iPBC(TM) offers distinct performance advantages as well as cost and space savings for systems providers. The iPBC(TM), like other New Focus passive components, is designed and tested for handling high optical power levels required in advanced networks. The New Focus iPBC(TM) is fully qualified to Telcordia standards and is currently being sold directly by New Focus at prices comparable to the stand-alone devices. New Focus Inc.

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