SOURCE: Bookham, Inc.

June 01, 2005 07:06 ET

Bookham Unveils New Range of Integrated High Power Laser Diode Solutions at Laser 2005

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2005 -- Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is extending its offering to the industrial market with a new range of integrated high power laser diode solutions at Laser 2005 in Munich later this month.

Visitors to the Bookham stand (number B1.509) will be able to see the company's extended product range for the first time and discuss how the new products can deliver significant benefits to customers. Product highlights include:

--  A 2.4kW fast axis collimated 9xx nm vertical stack prototype based on
    the Bookham 120W high power bars, which enables higher powers while using
    fewer bars on microchannel coolers.  The product facilitates the scaling-up
    of disk laser power and provides benefits for direct diode applications.
--  A range of linear bar arrays solutions (at 120W, 200W and 300W) for
    the pumping of Nd:YAG lasers.
--  50W standard 30% fill factor and 50W high brightness 20% fill factor
    9xx nm bars, which provide tailored brightness solutions for collimation
    and fiber coupling requirements.
--  40W 9xx nm single mode bars that will enable new direct applications.
--  A 30W maxichip from an 800µm emitting area, which allows direct
    coupling into a standard 800µm fiber without additional optics, thus
    reducing complexity.
--  New high power single emitters for different fiber laser applications.
    
"Our products bring together a broad range of leading edge technology: our laser diodes provide leadership in terms of power, brightness and reliability; and our gold/tin soldering expertise enables this without the limitations of soft solders. Bookham is able to provide cost-effective, high-power solutions for our customers, thus opening up new market opportunities without compromising reliability," said Steve Turley, chief commercial officer at Bookham. "Our new products on display at Laser 2005 significantly extend our capability, allowing our customers to benefit in both current and next generation Nd:YAG applications, as well as rapidly advancing fields such as disk and fiber lasers."

The new products have applications in a range of markets, from material processing to marking and printing, medical applications such as skin resurfacing and hair removal, and military/aerospace applications from laser warning and targeting to inter-satellite communications.

Several products from New Focus™, a division of Bookham, will be on display at Laser 2005 for the first time in Europe, including what is believed to be the world's fastest mode-hop-free tuning laser. A new line of high-speed, low-noise receivers and detectors and twenty new and improved versions of the Bookham New Focus StableWave™ and Velocity™ tunable lasers will also be shown. The Bookham New Focus portfolio will also be displayed at German distributor Laser2000's stand (number B1.439).

In addition to showcasing its leading technology at the exhibition, Bookham will also be delivering two technical papers at the exhibition: High Power Narrow-Stripe Laser Diodes and Fiber Bragg Grating Stabilized Modules for Pumping and Frequency Conversion Applications.

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

Notes to editors
1.   Laser 2005 World of Photonics takes place from 13 - 16 June 2005 on
the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Center. Laser is the world's
leading trade show for optical technologies and is organized by Munich
Trade Fairs International (MMI) as part of its "Global electronics"
network.
2.   Bookham's technical papers will be delivered at the sessions 'High-
power diode lasers I and II' on Wednesday June 15, 2005.
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 2,000 people worldwide.

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