iolon and Santur to demonstrate tunable laser interoperability at OFC

March 18, 2003--Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) member companies iolon Inc. and Santur Corp. will demonstrate interoperability between the two companies' tunable laser modules at next week's Optical Fiber Conference in Atlanta, GA.

March 18, 2003--Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) member companies iolon Inc. and Santur Corp. will demonstrate interoperability between the two companies' tunable laser modules at next week's Optical Fiber Conference in Atlanta, GA.

MSA member companies will also announce that GTRAN Inc., QDI, and Vitesse Semiconductor have joined the MSA, partnering with founding companies iolon, Santur, Intel Corp., and Bookham Technology.

"With the development of an OIF-based Multi-Source Agreement, our goal is not only to provide reliable second sources, but ultimately to fast track network deployment of tunable lasers," explains Saeid Aramideh, vice president of product management at iolon Inc. "This MSA has been receiving strong support from optical network system vendors and component manufacturers, as such we are very pleased with the addition of GTRAN, QDI, and Vitesse Semiconductor to this initiative."

The OIF MSA is based on the tunable laser implementation agreement (IA) that was published by the group in November, 2002. The OIF IA is supported by more than 20 companies, including system vendors, component manufacturers, and chip vendors.

The MSA gives system vendors increased flexibility by enabling them to source components from more than one tunable laser manufacturer. It also allows companies to streamline product designs by setting standards for functionality, size and optical performance, resulting in faster time to market for tunable laser products and solutions.

Technical specifications and a full list of all companies participating in the MSA can be viewed at www.TunableLaserMSA.com.

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