Avanex acquires Commercial Communication Products Division of Essex Corp.

JULY 3, 2007 -- Avanex expects to have the acquired 300-pin transponder and XFP transceiver products integrated into its product portfolio and ready for general availability by the end of this calendar year.

JULY 3, 2007 -- Avanex Corp. (search for Avanex) has acquired the assets relating to the MSA 300-pin transponder and XFP transceiver businesses of the Commercial Communication Products Division (CCPD) of Essex Corp.,(search for Essex) a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman.

Located in Melbourne, FL, CCPD is a design team focused on developing pluggable transceivers and tunable transponders. Avanex says the acquisition accelerates its time-to-market in expanding its presence in the growing transmission market. According to a recent study by Ovum RHK, the telecom transmission module market as a whole is estimated to be approximately $1.0 billion by the year 2009.

Avanex expects to have the acquired products integrated into its product portfolio and ready for general availability by the end of this calendar year.

"This acquisition reinforces our commitment to investing in key telecommunication optical technologies to provide our telecom customers with compelling and differentiated solutions," contends Jo Major, president, chairman and CEO of Avanex. "We are excited to add this design team to our expanding transmission business."


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