SOURCE: CyOptics, Inc.

January 30, 2007 13:00 ET

CyOptics Delivers Over One Million Chips for FTTH Application

Fiber-to-the-Home Sales Fueled by Explosive Demand for Increased Bandwidth

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 30, 2007 -- CyOptics Inc., a leader in Indium Phosphide (InP) optical chip and component technologies, recently announced the milestone for shipping over one million laser and detector chips for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications in 2006. The chips are used worldwide in Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON) that are bringing fiber optic communications to businesses and homes offering bandwidth capabilities that enable high speed data transfer and video on demand applications.

CyOptics is the premier supplier of 1310nm DFB laser chips for the optical networking unit (ONU) and 1490nm DFB laser chips for the optical line terminal (OLT) enabling GPON equipment. GPON equipment is capable of transmitting up to 1 billion bits of information per second. CyOptics is also providing Avalanche Photo Diodes (APD) to support ONU and OLT applications. The chips are sold to customers either at the die level or in an industry standard cylindrical TO-can package.

"We have over 120 billion device service hours in telecommunications equipment deployed since 2000 and this is great assurance on our chip reliability for our customers," said Ed Coringrato, CyOptics CEO. "This type of reliability combined with our ability to meet volume market demand is the main reason we are providing the key components to FTTH transceiver manufacturers worldwide."

"GPON is the fastest growing portion of the PON market now and this rate will be sustained," said Karen Liu, Research Director, Components at Ovum-RHK. "Ovum expects both GPON ONU and OLT shipments to more than double each year through 2011."

"We have been providing these key components to make FTTH a reality outside North America and now we are ready to address the US market needs as carriers implement their plans for widespread FTTH deployments," said Kou-Wei Wang, CyOptics Director of Chip Product Management & Sales.

The InP laser and detector chips for FTTH applications are manufactured in CyOptics' wafer and chip fabs in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania and cylindrical TO-cans are manufactured by CyOptics' packaging partners in Asia. CyOptics chips meet the stringent Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive for environmental compliance requirements. CyOptics core competencies at the chip level include selective area growth and re-growth for blocking junctions, butt joints, gratings, and material characterization.

About CyOptics

Founded in 1999, CyOptics designs, develops, and markets a full line of InP optical chips and components for integration into access, metro, and long-haul communications systems. The company also provides complete contract design, foundry, and packaging services. CyOptics is an industry leader in hybrid integration using different elements in a single package and monolithic integration on a single chip. Manufacture is enabled by an automated "nano-tech"-capable assembly and test process that delivers optimum performance, uniformity and cost. The Company's wafer/chip fabrication operations are located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and its planar automated packaging and testing operations are located in Matamoros, Mexico. CyOptics is ISO 9001:2000 certified. For more information, please visit or call 1-610-529-5758.

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