SOURCE: Infinera

February 15, 2007 12:36 ET

Infinera Acquires Little Optics for Planar Integration Technology

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 -- Infinera has acquired Little Optics, an innovator in planar lightwave circuits, to add additional pioneering technology to the Infinera Digital Optical Networking architecture.

Based in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, Little Optics has pioneered the development of integrated optical devices using planar lightwave technology and proprietary glass materials to deliver photonic integration that is designed to be superior to traditional planar lightwave technology. Little Optics' passive integration techniques are in the development stage, and complement Infinera's active large-scale photonic integration based on indium phosphide.

"The Infinera DTN system is designed to deliver significant benefits to customers in terms of size, weight, power consumption, and scalability. Integration has enabled Infinera to develop the digital architecture which is designed to be more flexible, simpler, and quicker to deploy," said Infinera Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Dave Welch. "When integrated into our product, we believe that Little Optics' technology will bring new capabilities and significant benefits to our photonic integrated circuits and will enable us to enhance the features and capabilities of our Digital Optical Networks."

Infinera is integrating the Little Optics team with the existing Infinera engineering team based in Annapolis Junction, outside Baltimore, Maryland.

About Infinera

Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems (DTN System) to telecommunications carriers, cable operators and other service providers worldwide. Infinera's large-scale photonic integrated circuit (PIC) incorporates 100 Gigabits per second of transmit and receive capacity and the functionality of more than 60 discrete optical components into a pair of indium phosphide chips. Infinera's DTN system and PIC technology are designed to provide optical networks that provide operating simplicity, enhanced revenue generation, faster time-to-service, and capital cost savings. For more information, please visit

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risk that we will not realize the anticipated benefits of this acquisition; and the risks associated with the acquisition, including the ability to successfully integrate this technology, the employees and operations, the diversion of management's attention, the ability to retain key employees, slower than anticipated growth of the market for optical networks and the impact of competitive products and technological advances. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. Infinera assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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