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Components maker for reconfigurable optical networks acquires intellectual property assets of SpectraSwitch
December 10, 2004
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. -- Xtellus, a maker of dynamic optical modules and components for reconfigurable optical networks, announced today that it has acquired the intellectual property assets of SpectraSwitch.
SpectraSwitch raised over $36M and developed an innovative line of optical components based on liquid crystal that include switches, variable optical attenuators and tunable filters. These devices complement Xtellus’ own product line of optical modules like its Dynamic Blocker Equalizer wavelength blocker and Dynamic Gain Equalizer that are also based on liquid crystal. Liquid crystal has no moving parts and is the preferred technology for dynamic optical modules and components based on its proven reliability and insensitivity to shock and vibration during operation.
Gil Cohen, Xtellus’ President and CEO, stated, “By adapting Xtellus’ in-house liquid crystal fabrication capabilities to SpectraSwitch’s component designs Xtellus is now positioned to provide a complete high-performance line of fiberoptic modules and components based on reliable liquid crystal technology. We are already in dialogues with some of SpectraSwitch’s customers to continue serving their needs.”
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