Startup developer of optical transmission monitoring technologies bought by manufacturer of optical and electrical test equipment

July 2, 2004

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BOSTON -- FiberGrade Inc., a developer of optical transmission monitoring technologies, officially "graduated" from The Photonic Center at Boston University's Business Acceleration Program and was acquired by PXIT, a manufacturer of high performance optical and electrical test equipment. PXIT, based in Lexington, MA, was formed through the merger of Tsunami Photonics Ltd and PX Instrument Technology in Ireland in May 2003.

The company acquired FiberGrade in order to add to its product portfolio as well as bring on board the start-up's knowledge and expertise in the transmission testing industry. The acquisition was originally funded by 4th Level Ventures and Delta Partners.

FiberGrade was founded in 2002 by company President and Chief Technology Officer Fadi Daou, and incubated out of the Photonics Center at Boston University. The company designed and developed a number of electro-optical component test analyzers in one of the Photonic Center's 17 product development laboratories. FiberGrade's Vector Sampling signal analyzers, now part of PXIT's product portfolio, are cost-effective signal integrity testing solutions for broadband electro-optical signals.

"The Photonics Center at Boston University played a critical role in FiberGrade's success," said Fadi Daou."The use of a pre-existing, ready-to-use, test and measurement lab super-accelerated our product development process, and a number of the Photonics Center's partnerships pushed along FiberGrade's overall development at an astounding pace."

PXIT Ltd.

FiberGrade

The Photonics Center at Boston University

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