Oclaro Sets 100G Plan

Oclaro accelerates 100-Gbit/s coherent product development through alliance with ClariPhy

May 26, 2010

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Oclaro, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCLRD - News), a tier-one provider of innovative optical communications and laser solutions, today announced it has made a $7.5 million strategic investment in ClariPhy Communications, a privately-held fabless semiconductor company focused on digital signal processing (DSP) and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for high-speed next-generation networks. In addition, ClariPhy and Oclaro have signed a Co-Marketing and Development Agreement leveraging ClariPhy's industry-leading 40nm, single-chip products with Oclaro's optical technology. The alliance with ClariPhy is an important milestone in Oclaro's strategy to build upon its leadership position in 40 Gigabits per second ("Gb/s") regional and metro networks and expand into the 100 Gb/s Coherent long-haul and ultra-long-haul markets.

The surge in new broadband services, such as social networking, video sharing, voice over IP (VoIP) and cloud computing, is creating significant demand for increased bandwidth and improved network performance, with global IP traffic expected to grow at a 40 percent CAGR between 2008 and 2013. This intensive growth is driving the rapid transition from 10 Gb/s optical networks to 40 Gb/s and beyond. These very high bit rate communications require not only advanced optical solutions but also advanced DSP and mixed-signal integrated circuits, combined into modules for deployment by telecommunications systems providers. In particular, the move to 100 Gb/s requires Coherent technology, which is fundamental to extending the reach of high-speed networks.

"We expect an increasing percentage of the transceiver solutions for optical networks to be comprised of DSP and mixed-signal electronics as they evolve towards 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s," stated Alain Couder, President and CEO, Oclaro. "Through our investment and alliance with ClariPhy, Oclaro believes it will be able to offer its customers best-in-class electronics and optical technology as a complete solution from a single source, whether incorporated directly in our Oclaro solutions, or co-marketed as complementary products."

Oclaro Inc. (Nasdaq: OCLR)

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