Picolight Appoints VP

Picolight appoints Doug Smidl as vice president of sales and customer service

January 26, 2006

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LOUISVILLE, Colo. -- Picolight, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of optical transceivers and components, today announced that Doug Smidl has joined the company as vice president, sales and customer service. Smidl reports directly to Steve Hane, Picolight's president and chief executive officer and is responsible for developing worldwide sales expansion initiatives and extending customer relationships across the company's transceiver and components product lines.

"Doug has a proven track record of meeting and exceeding sales revenue goals, with deep experience in the telecommunications industry," said Hane. "His global sales expertise is an important asset to Picolight as we continue to strengthen and expand our customer base while extending our market leadership in vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) technology and data communications applications for the enterprise, storage area and metro area networks. Doug's sales, customer focus and leadership will be especially important as we ramp volume production of our landmark 1310-nanometer (nm) long-wavelength VCSEL transceivers and other 850nm short-wavelength product lines."

Smidl joins Picolight during an expansion period as the company pursues several major growth initiatives. The company closed a $27.5 million funding round in August to fund several key activities including scaling manufacturing and other operations to meet growing customer demand, and extending its 1310nm VCSEL product line. In December2005, the company announced that it was the first to ship 1310nm VCSEL transceivers in a 4 gigabit per second (Gbps) triple-rate (1, 2 and 4Gbps) Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) configuration that meets the needs of one of the fastest growing segments of the data center market.

"I am excited to be joining Picolight during such a dynamic period in the company's growth," said Smidl. "The company is poised to capture significant new customer opportunities thanks to its powerful combination of superior products, market leadership, strong financial backing, and accelerating market demand."

Picolight Corp.

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