Molex Premise Networks enter sales agreement for Canon FSO system

DECEMBER 13, 2007 -- Target markets include Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

DECEMBER 13, 2007 -- Canobeam, Canon U.S.A. Inc.'s (search for Canon) family of free-space optics (FSO) wireless data transceivers for high-speed networking, is now available in the United States and internationally from Molex Premise Networks (search for Molex), a business unit of Molex, Inc.

Molex Premise Networks will extend its wired premises and campus structured cabling systems with Canobeam's wireless FSO data-transmission systems to create high-bandwidth building-to-building network bridges where cabling is physically or economically not possible, or where redundancy and disaster-recovery networking are required. Target markets include Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

"We are proud to work with Molex Premise Networks, which is a leader in its field," said Tom Yamasaki, vice president and general manager, Broadcast and Communications division, Canon U.S.A. "This agreement enables an even greater number of professional users worldwide to enjoy the advantages of Canobeam's high-speed, highly secure and reliable wireless connectivity for extending vital network infrastructures."

"We are hugely excited about this international agreement between Canon and Molex," stated Anne Watmore, director, global marketing for Molex Premise Networks. "The addition of the Canobeam FSO product range to our portfolio means that we now offer our customers an even greater choice when designing their network infrastructure. FSO is ideal for a number of enterprise applications for inter-building links and can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional fiber cabling. We see opportunities for this all over the world, and in fact have already had success with FSO in Australia with the Australian National University in Canberra, prior to Molex Premise Networks launching the product internationally."

The Canon U.S.A. Broadcast and Communications division's Canobeam FSO wireless transceiver systems use a line-of-sight light beam to transmit data at rates of up to 1.25 Gbits/sec (Gigabit Ethernet) or 1.5 Gbits/sec (HDTV) at a distance of up to 2 km. All Canobeam models feature Auto Tracking as a standard feature to maintain beam alignment and signal strength despite vibrations caused by wind or other factors.

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