Harris Corporation and APA Optics, Inc. announce joint development effort

March 13, 2001
Mar. 13, 2001--APA Optics, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Harris Corporation to jointly develop the GEM-20 Ethernet bandwidth expander based on APA's proprietary DWDM technology.

APA Optics, Inc. (Nasdaq: APAT) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) to jointly develop the GEM-20 Ethernet bandwidth expander based on APA's proprietary DWDM technology. GEM-20 allows any 1.25 Gb/s Multi-Mode or Single Mode Campus and Local Area Network to expand its capacity to 20Gb/s.

Optimized for Ethernet systems, GEM-20 provides a direct, seamless interface between multiple 1.25 Gb/s Multi-Mode Ethernet switches and the Local Area Network's backbone fiber. GEM-20 technology allows reuse of the existing link fiber and all parts of the existing transport infrastructure. It is also scaleable -- users can install GEM-20 with the necessary bandwidth and quickly add additional bandwidth as needed.

"APA Optics' diffraction grating based Multi-Mode de-multiplexing component is a key enabler for GEM-20," said Bob Henry, president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "Its performance separating closely spaced WDM signals is unequalled and its low insertion loss provides additional design margin." Harris will be debuting a prototype GEM20 unit at the OFC tradeshow, March 19-21, in Anaheim, Calif.

About APA Optics:

APA Optics, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets advanced products for fiber optic communications, including dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) components, and Gallium Nitride compound semiconductor-based ultraviolet detectors, instruments and consumer products. For more information, visit www.apaoptics.com.

About Harris Corporation:

Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system, and service solutions for wireless, broadcast, network support, and government markets. For more information, visit www.harris.com.