ITF Wins Undersea Coupler Contract

"Major" contract is with un-named submarine system manufacturer

December 10, 2001

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ITF Optical Technologies Inc., a worldwide supplier of state-of-the-art photonic components for next-generation optical networks, announced today it has signed another major supply agreement this year, this time to deploy 7-SeaTM Couplers in undersea repeaters.

“We are both thrilled and proud to be a supplier to the undersea market”, said Eric Geoffrion, President and CEO of ITF Optical Technologies. “Our in-depth knowledge of fused-fiber technology, component packaging and optical fiber handling proved to be a successful combination in becoming a supplier of undersea qualified components. This achievement demonstrates our ability to deliver passive optical components that can meet and surpass the most stringent performance and reliability requirements in the world”.

About Undersea qualification

Undersea qualification requires the most stringent performance and reliability data in the world. To qualify, components must demonstrate, through accelerated life testing and modeling, that they can operate in undersea networks for a service life of at least 25 years and attain a FIT rate of 0.1 (a failure in time which corresponds to 0.1 failure in a billion device hours). These tests include temperature cycling, high temperature and high humidity exposure, vibration, mechanical shock and various mechanical integrity tests.

ITF’s 7-SeaTM Couplers

ITF’s 7-SeaTM Couplers are passive optical components that combine, split or tap optical signals in optical amplifiers. ITF’s couplers make use of the proprietary All-Fiber™ technology that was developed and perfected over the years by ITF’s researchers. By processing light in the fiber itself, ITF’s All-Fiber™ components exhibit remarkable optical performance such as ultra-low insertion loss and polarization dependent loss over wide optical bandwidth. Moreover, they can sustain considerable optical power without degradation.

ITF Optical Technologies Inc.

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