Molex, LumaCon to partner on optical interconnect technology

November 30, 2005 Lisle, IL -- Molex and LumaCon have entered into a definitive agreement providing Molex sole rights to manufacture, distribute, and sell small form factor (SFF) connectors utilizing LumaCon's patent-pending LumaCore technology. LumaCon says that connectors based on its technology are ideal for applications requiring multi-fiber optical interconnects where environmental extremes push the envelope of traditional optical interconnect solutions.

November 30, 2005 Lisle, IL -- Molex and LumaCon have entered into a definitive agreement providing Molex sole rights to manufacture, distribute, and sell small form factor (SFF) connectors utilizing LumaCon's patent-pending LumaCore technology. LumaCon says that connectors based on its technology are ideal for applications requiring multi-fiber optical interconnects where environmental extremes push the envelope of traditional optical interconnect solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, Molex gains immediate access to LumaCon's all-metallic LC-compatible interconnect product line LC2 and its circular connector product offering, which is based on Mil-DTL-38999 Series III connector bodies and will be marketed as Molex's MXL-38999 interconnect system.

Under the agreement, LumaCon will also provide direct design and marketing support, and will transition all manufacturing and technology to Molex. LumaCon will also continue to support planned product line expansions and custom product developments as requested by Molex and its customers.

LumaCore says its broad line of optical terminus products enhance Molex's comprehensive offering of single- and multi-fiber interconnects by delivering dense optical interconnect options to the military and aerospace markets. LumaCore says its products offer the service and design flexibilities found in the single-fiber solutions, while enabling interconnect points to have nearly the same density as multi-fiber ribbon architecture interconnects.

"LumaCon's rugged connection system is ideal for customers who are concerned about the field performance of SFF-technology connectors," comments Scott Christian, product marketing for LumaCon. "LumaCore technology truly innovates the SFF interconnect market and will allow the rollout of connectorized opto-electronics into applications where they were previously challenged due to performance concerns."

LumaCore says its tuneable terminus system delivers less channel-to-channel variance, lower insertion loss, and higher return-loss performance across a broader environmental range than competitive SFF technologies. The company's products are based on the industry-standard 1.25-mm zirconia ceramic optical interface, which assures availability, competitive cost, and standard processing knowledge throughout the supply chain, according to the company.

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