Ultraband Fiber Optics Inc. now Novera Optics, Inc.

Mar. 7, 2001--Ultraband Fiber Optics Inc., a developer of photonic subsystems for communications equipment suppliers, announced it will begin operating under the new name of Novera Optics, Inc.

Ultraband Fiber Optics Inc., a developer of photonic subsystems for communications equipment suppliers, announced it will begin operating under the new name of Novera Optics, Inc.

"Next generation optical networks are rapidly evolving, providing unprecedented levels of bandwidth and flexibility," said Kirk Flatow, President and CEO of Novera Optics. "Because our company will provide key optical technologies for these advanced networks, we chose a name to reflect this company goal - enabling a new era of communications. It's an appropriate time to launch the new brand now that we have outgrown our start-up facilities and are moving our company operations to a new 55,000 square foot facility in San Jose."

The Novera Optics symbol, a red circle with the letter 'n', represents the intense focus that Novera Optics brings to customers' system challenges. Next generation optical networks will incorporate longer reach, higher data rates, and flexible architectures, placing severe performance demands on the optical equipment employed. Novera Optics is focused on the development of dynamic optical signal processors that will address the challenges created by these new, flexible communications networks.

Novera Optics' initial product, a dynamic gain equalizer, employs patented acousto-optic technology to provide cost-effective dynamic spectral filtering. Dynamic equalizers can be used in conjunction with optical amplifiers to produce greater network bandwidth and longer fiber optic signal transmissions with less frequent signal regeneration, adding flexibility to the optical layer, thereby reducing cost of network operations.

About Novera Optics, Inc.:

Founded in 1999, Novera Optics (formerly known as Ultraband Fiber Optics, Inc., www.ultra-band.com) is a development stage company headquartered in San Jose, California, that develops, markets, and supports dynamic fiber optic subsystems. Novera Optics dynamic optical signal processors enhance performance of fixed optical networks and enable dynamic networks by eliminating transmission bottlenecks. Novera Optics' new website, www.noveraoptics.com, will be live on March 12.

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