Component startup AraLight gets $10 million from Signal Lake Ventures, Ridgewood Capital, and Solar Venture Partners

March 19, 2001

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU - news) today announced a new venture, AraLight, Inc., that will design and manufacture high-bandwidth, ultra-dense optoelectronic modules for use by manufacturers of Internet infrastructure equipment. AraLight's high-capacity, multi-channel devices are designed to solve short-reach interconnect bottlenecks both between, and within, the equipment used for switching and routing Internet traffic.

Announced here at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), AraLight is using Bell Labs technology to create devices that will enable Internet equipment suppliers to build terabit (trillion bits/second) systems with only one-tenth the size and power consumption of present optoelectronic switching systems.

Created by Lucent's New Ventures Group, AraLight has received investments totaling $10 million from Signal Lake Ventures, Ridgewood Capital, and Solar Venture Partners.

"With more and more wavelengths of light being carried on a single fiber, optical equipment manufacturers need to provide more ports to switch and route optical signals," said Tom Uhlman, president of Lucent's New Ventures Group. "AraLight's advanced high-bandwidth modules will enable manufacturers to build systems that put more devices and ports on circuit boards used in routers, switches and other high bandwidth equipment. We expect that users will see lower costs through smaller space and power requirements."

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