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EXFO Launches Semi-Auto Workstation

EXFO launches a semi-automated assembly workstation for array-type devices to improve yield and lower manufacturing costs

March 5, 2002

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QUEBEC CITY -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO, TSE: EXF) announced today the launch of a new semi-automated assembly workstation for array-type devices. The ProAlign™ 5000 Component Assembly Workstation is designed to lower the cost of manufacturing complex photonics components by increasing yield, product quality and throughput.The new ProAlign 5000 Component Assembly Workstation handles a broad range of applications including one-sided, two-sided and right-angled planar lightwave circuits (PLCs); optical switches; pitch converters; transceivers; echelle gratings and arrayed waveguide gratings (AWGs); and devices with 90-degree as well as angled faces.Developed in conjunction with leading photonics component manufacturers, the Component Assembly Workstation offers numerous industry firsts. The ProAlign 5000 system is the first workstation designed with cost-of-ownership (COO) criteria in mind; the first to include automated first-light detection (patent pending); and the first to incorporate a single six-axis NanoRobotÔ unit moving the device to be assembled. Together, these unique features increase production yield for photonics component manufacturers and, as a result, lower costs."EXFO is the only company with the broad-ranging expertise, including nanoalignment, automation, testing and bonding, needed to translate customer requirements into solutions," said David Farrell, President of Burleigh Instruments, a wholly owned subsidiary of EXFO. "Our new ProAlign 5000 Component Assembly Workstation redefines what an assembly workstation should be for the global telecommunications industry."EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

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