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Re-Beamed

5:30 PM -- BeamExpress is back, returning to its roots in long wavelength. (See Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs).)

You'd be correct in pointing out that BeamExpress Inc., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., was a transceiver module vendor that got acquired by NeoPhotonics Corp. (NYSE: NPTN) in 2006. (See NeoPhotonics Expands.) But just before that happened, management bought out the Switzerland-based laser division of the company, spinning it off into the newly born BeamExpress SA .

Jean-Claude Charlier, who was around for BeamExpress's original run, is CEO of the new version. (See BeamExpress Raises $1.3M.)

While BeamExpress Inc. made transceivers, BeamExpress SA is concentrating on the lasers, just like in the old days. (See Startups Carry VCSEL Flame and Swiss Launch Light Emitter Startup.)

Avago Technologies Pte. and VertiLas GmbH are working on long-wavelength VCSELs, too. And of course, plenty of bubble-era startups tried their hand at it. E2O was one, but its products were discontinued after owner JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) bought Picolight Corp. . (See JDSU Buys E2O and OFC Notebook.)

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A), Bandwidth9, Coretek, and OCP are some other examples you'll find in our archives. (See Agilent Claims VCSEL Breakthrough, Bandwidth9 Goes Dark, Coretek Is Closed, and Plaxo Taps Pillar for OLTP.)

BeamExpress isn't the only voice from the past we've heard from lately. Glimmerglass is not only still alive but might turn profitable this year, or so the company is claiming. And Intune Networks is still kicking around, having picked up a new CEO courtesy of what's now the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Mediaroom division. (See Glimmerglass Updates Software, Intune Names CEO, and Intune Gets $17.75M.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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