Agility and Princeton Optronics join new OIF-compliant tunable laser Multi-Source Agreement

27 May 2003 Santa Barbara, CA and Princeton, NJ Lightwave -- Agility Communications Inc. and Princeton Optronics Inc., have joined Bookham Technology, GTRAN Inc., Intel Corp., iolon Inc., QDI, Santur Corp., and Vitesse Semiconductor in supporting the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)-compliant tunable laser Multi-Source Agreement (MSA). The OIF-compliant tunable laser MSA Group was formed in March 2003.

May 27th, 2003

27 May 2003 Santa Barbara, CA and Princeton, NJ Lightwave -- Agility Communications Inc. and Princeton Optronics Inc., have joined Bookham Technology, GTRAN Inc., Intel Corp., iolon Inc., QDI, Santur Corp., and Vitesse Semiconductor in supporting the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)-compliant tunable laser Multi-Source Agreement (MSA). The OIF-compliant tunable laser MSA Group was formed in March 2003.

The OIF Compliant MSA offers telecommunication 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.

"We are very pleased that Agility and Princeton Optronics have decided to join the OIF Compliant MSA and help build momentum behind the OIF effort," contends Allan Ashmead, vice president of business development at iolon Inc. "Universal standardization removes the final hurdle in the mass adoption of widely tunable lasers, allowing system integrators to second source from a number of credible suppliers."

"Broad backing of the OIF Compliant Tunable Laser MSA is an important step toward industry-wide adoption of tunable lasers in the network," adds Arlon Martin, vice president of sales and marketing for Agility Communications Inc. "The advent of widely-supported industry standards makes tunable lasers more accessible to telecommunication system vendors, allows for second source availability and enables more efficient design-in of this cost saving technology."

According to Timothy Hays, vice president of marketing at Princeton Optronics, the partnership marks a significant step toward the advent of truly agile networks. "The extensive commitment to the OIF Compliant MSA confirms that widely tunable lasers are an advanced product which is readily available to be incorporated in system architectures," he asserts.

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

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