Agilent Technologies and Corning Cable Systems partner to accelerate deployment of new parallel-optics solutions

Aug. 7, 2001--Under the terms of the agreement, Agilent and Corning Cable Systems will collaborate to advance the acceptance and adoption of parallel-optics technology in the marketplace.

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Corning Cable Systems announced an agreement designed to provide the communications industry with a high-volume supply of new parallel-optics solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Agilent and Corning Cable Systems will collaborate to advance the acceptance and adoption of parallel-optics technology in the marketplace. Both companies will work together to provide joint customers with strategic access to Corning Cable Systems' passive optical technologies and Agilent Technologies' active parallel-optics modules. In addition to aiding in the deployment of Corning InfiniCor multimode fiber and 30 Gb/s optical modules, Corning Cable Systems and Agilent will jointly market and support parallel-optics solutions.

Parallel-optics is targeted at high density interconnects for terabit switches and routers, server to server backplane interconnects, and low-cost SONET/SDH OC-192 very short reach (VSR) connections. Parallel-optics technology solves the data capacity and space problems inherent with copper interconnects and existing optical transceivers.

Both companies are currently shipping production volumes of their respective products.

About Corning Cable Systems:

Corning Cable Systems, wholly owned by Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), is a manufacturer of fiber optic and copper communications system solutions for voice, data and video network applications. For more information, visit www.corning.com/cablesystems.

About Agilent Technologies:

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is a global technology provider of communications, electronics and life sciences. For more information, visit www.agilent.com.

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