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FSO Startup Maxima Scores $2M

Maxima wins a $2M grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop a 10µm-wavelength solid-state laser

September 11, 2003

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SAN DIEGO -- Maxima Corporation, developer of high capacity optical wireless transmission systems for telecom & enterprise networks, has been awarded a $2M grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program to develop a novel solid state laser technology which operates at 10 micron wavelengths. This Long Wave Infra-Red (LWIR) laser will enable the establishment of reliable Free Space Optical (FSO) communication system for low-cost and high-speed last mile interconnection to fiber optic cable.

James Plante, President of Maxima, commented, “We are pleased to receive this $2M research grant and that our pioneering innovation in long wavelength infra-red technology gained recognition from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Maxima team has done an outstanding job of developing LWIR communication technologies and ATP funding will allow us to advance the state of the art of the enabling laser devices. ATP funding will not just allow us to broaden the R&D scale as we will pursue additional higher risk/return approaches, but will accelerate development of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology by several years.”

“We are encouraged by the ATP contribution to our innovative long wave lasers. ATP funding will allow Maxima to accelerate development of a new class of wireless telecommunication technologies for last mile access, fiber extension and high capacity backhaul in cellular networks of the future. Potential benefits of advancement in QCL research and commercialization extend well beyond what Maxima will receive from the technology development. The biggest beneficiaries of the QCL empowered devices will be not only users of telecommunications services, but consumers of the goods and services of automotive, industrial manufacturing, medical and other industries and sciences”, said Saul Umbrasas, Maxima’s VP of Marketing.

Maxima Corp.

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