Bookham brings SFP pluggable transceiver benefits to DWDM applications at OFC/NFOEC 2005

February 23, 2005

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is to launch an advanced transceiver module at OFC/NFOEC (8-10 March, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California). The module brings the advantages of SFP pluggable technology to 100 GHz spaced Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) applications.

The 120 km reach module, operating at bit-rates up to 2.7Gb/s, is a cost-effective, small size, field pluggable device with low power consumption. Compliant with MSA IGP28111, the module simplifies wavelength management, offers new configurations and provides a solution to fiber exhaust, as well as adding DWDM support to existing SFP cards.

Designed to conform to the standard of the emerging DWDM SFP MSA document, the new SFP device uses a compact transmitter optical sub-assembly (TOSA)-packaged version of the Bookham buried-heterostructure DM laser. This laser has many million device hours of actual field use, over 70% of which are in DWDM applications.

"Industry samples of DWDM SFP modules have been available for close to one year now but none of these samples have been able to fully meet the required performance,” said Robert Baker, VP of product management at Bookham. “The availability of the Bookham DWDM SFP will change that and we are confident we will be one of the first with a fully performing, qualified production part. The product will open new market opportunities for our customers by combining DWDM capability with the well understood advantages of the pluggable SFP format. In addition, Bookham will continue with its discrete component offerings and its high-performance 50 GHz spacing pluggable DWDM module - the MQ25."

The first in a new range of SFP and XFP DWDM pluggable modules, the IGP28111 is now shipping as final alpha samples. Beta samples are scheduled for April and full production release with all C-band wavelengths will be available in the third quarter of this year.

Bookham Inc.

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