Optium Upgrades ROADM

Optium expands ROADM family with development of the industry's first mixed channel plan WSS ROADM

February 21, 2008

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HORSHAM, Pa. -- Optium Corporation (Nasdaq:OPTM), a leading supplier of high-performance optical subsystems, today announced development of the industry's first Mixed Channel Plan (MCP) WSS ROADM. MCP will be available on Optium's recently announced High Resolution WSS platform. Enabled by Optium's proprietary LCoS-based WSS technology, MCP will give users the ability to change the channel plan of the WSS ROADM on the fly, allowing operators to future proof their networks as traffic deployment evolves from 10Gb/s to 40Gb/s to 100GbE. In addition, Optium's High Resolution WSS platform with MCP will allow a channel plan to be switched in the field between ITU spacings of 50GHz, 100GHz, or an arbitrary mix of the two. Product sampling will take place over the next several months.

Optium's LCoS based WSS technology provides virtually a seamless spectrum that can be reconfigured through software. This core technology will allow for future MCP enhancements, including the implementation of customer specific channel plans for specialized applications and channel contouring, where the bandwidth of a channel may be tuned to optimize system performance.

"The key market driver behind our MCP and High Resolution WSS platform is the accelerating use of 40Gb/s and planning for 100GbE transport in network upgrades as carriers tackle increasing demands on bandwidth capacity," stated Steve Frisken, Vice President of Wavelength Products for Optium Corporation. "We understand that next generation wavelength switching infrastructure must be flexible enough to be able to respond to changing requirements and transmission innovation. Optium's High Resolution WSS platform and advanced features, such as MCP, is designed to address those needs.

Optium Corp. (Nasdaq: OPTM)

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