SOURCE: Bookham, Inc.

May 17, 2005 07:34 ET

Bookham New Focus Unveils New Products Enabling High Performance Test and Measurement at CLEO 2005

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2005 -- New Focus, a division of Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), is to unveil a range of new products with low noise and high speed for enabling precision, high throughput and real-time test and measurement later this month at CLEO (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics) 2005.

Among the new products New Focus is to launch at CLEO are:

--  A new swept-wavelength tunable laser, the TLB-6600, which is believed
    to be the world's fastest mode-hop-free tuning laser for real-time, or
    live, test and measurement, spectroscopy, fiber sensing and research
    applications.
--  A new line of 12- and 25-GHz receivers and detectors operating with up
    to three times the sensitivity, 70% lower noise and 20% faster rise time
    than their predecessors for high-speed test and measurement.
--  Twenty new and improved models of the New Focus StableWave™ and
    Velocity™ tunable lasers -- more than double the previous offering --
    with new wavelengths, high power versions and state-of-the-art wavelength
    stability for precision test and measurement, spectroscopy, interferometry
    and research.
--  An expanded line of New Focus Stability™ mounts for best-in-class
    optomechanical stability in semiconductor lithography and inspection,
    defense and aerospace, test and measurement and research applications.
--  Tiny motorized translation stages for precision positioning in
    semiconductor capital equipment and research applications.
    
"Bookham New Focus is continuing to demonstrate its focused emphasis on innovation and quality at CLEO 2005," said Scott Dunbar, VP and General Manager, Bookham New Focus. "With our expanded range of world-class products, we are enabling our customers to solve complex and demanding test and measurement, research and other problems at the forefront of the photonics field."

The new products will be on display at the Bookham New Focus stand (number 1434) from May 24 to 26.

The CLEO exhibition will also see Bookham New Focus, in conjunction with the Optical Society of America (OSA), continue to support new innovators in the optics community with its annual student award. The prestigious award recognizes research strength, presentation skills and leadership abilities by students in the optical field, with the winner receiving a $5,000 prize. This year's seven finalists will present their papers on Tuesday, May 24, in room 327 of the Baltimore Convention Center, with the final results announced the following morning at the CLEO/QELS awards and plenary session.

For a stand tour or an interview with a representative from New Focus, please contact helen@gbcspr.com or call +44 (0)115 950 8399.

Notes to editors

1. A photograph of the TLB-6600 swept-wavelength tunable laser is available. For a high-resolution version of the photograph please contact howard@gbcspr.com.

2. The Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (CLEO/QELS) is one of the industry's leading events on laser science. The event combines the strength of peer-reviewed scientific programming with an applications-focused exhibition to showcase the present and future of this technology. The exhibition is taking place between May 24-26, 2005, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. For more information, visit the conference's Web site at www.cleoconference.org.

3. The OSA Bookham/New Focus Student Award was created in 1997 with the support of Milton Chang and New Focus Inc. to honor new innovators within the optics community. OSA and Bookham/New Focus bestow the Student Award annually, with the formal presentation ceremony taking place during the plenary session of CLEO/QELS. The Plenary provides a forum for the recipients' successes to be recognized by an audience of colleagues, mentors and advisors.

Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company's optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, U.S., China and Switzerland; and offices in the U.S., UK, Canada, China France and Italy; and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

More information on Bookham New Focus and Bookham, Inc are available at www.newfocus.com and www.bookham.com.

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