SOURCE: Bookham, Inc.

May 19, 2005 07:13 ET

Bookham Unveils Expanded Display Technology Portfolio at SID 2005

New Technology Made Possible by Proprietary Deposition Technology and the World's Only Automated Color Wheel Assembly Facility

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2005 -- Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is expanding its offering to the growing display technology market with a new portfolio of products to be launched later this month at the SID (Society for Information Display) International Symposium in Boston.

The new family of ColorLoc™ light control thin film optical elements, made possible by Bookham's unique automated coating and assembly facility, offer theatre-quality optics for DLP (digital light processing), LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon), HTPS (high temperature polysilicon) liquid crystal display and LED (light emitting diode) projection systems. These products will be on display on the Bookham stand (number 2207).

"When it comes to light management, from projection imaging systems to fiber optics, Bookham thin films enable system designers and manufacturers to address their customers' needs," said Bruce Kuhlmann, Global Director of Sales - Display Products at Bookham. "The Bookham thin film product portfolio offers display designers the tools to optimize color, heat, noise, and UV/IR radiation in next-generation systems."

The expanded Bookham portfolio includes color filter wheels, which offer optimized color management and enhanced brightness in high-performance DLP imaging applications; light pipes for low loss light homogenization; UV/IR blockers, which prevent harmful ultraviolet and infrared radiation from degrading a projection system's performance; anti-reflection coatings (ARs); front surface mirrors (FSMs) for micro-display engine beam-folding; dichroics for color separation and combining, and custom filters and assemblies for LED illumination.

The new products benefit from the Bookham patented AED (Advanced Energetic Deposition) automated thin film optical coating technology, which enables unmatched stability and lifetime and environmental durability. This technology produces precision optical filters with negligible defects as well as higher throughput, tighter wavelength control, and lower cost than competing technologies. Because of its advantages, AED has enabled Bookham to take the leading worldwide market share position in telecommunications wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) filters.

The new family of Bookham ColorLoc™ light control thin film optical elements has already been shipped to a number of Tier 1 customers and will be fully available by the end of 2005.

For an interview with a Bookham representative, or a tour of the Bookham stand, please contact Helen Lyman Smith on +44 (0)115 950 8399 or email helen@gbcspr.com.

Notes to editors

1. The SID International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition, now in its 43rd year, is the premier international gathering of scientists, engineers, manufacturers and users in the electronic-display industry. The event provides access to a wide range of technology and applications from high-definition flat-panel displays using both emissive and liquid-crystal technology to the latest in OLED displays and large-area projection-display systems. The exhibition is taking place between 24-26 May at Hynes Convention Centre, Boston, MA, USA.

2. For a high-resolution version of the following photograph: Bookham ColorLoc™ wheel in final step of automated process, please contact howard@gbcspr.com.

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, US, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, China France and Italy; and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.

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