SOURCE: ProPhotonix Limited

April 12, 2011 02:07 ET

ProPhotonix Limited: Distribution agreement

SALEM, NH--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2011) -

12 April 2011

ProPhotonix Limited

("ProPhotonix" or "the Company")

ProPhotonix Expands its Product Portfolio with New High-Power Blue and
Violet Opnext Laser Diodes

A 404nm, 500mW Violet Laser Diode for Medical Illumination Systems and
a 445nm, 60mW Blue Laser Diode for Embedded Device Mini Projector

ProPhotonix Limited, (London Stock Exchange - AIM: PPIX and PPIR, OTC:
STKR.PK), a designer and manufacturer of LED systems and laser modules
as well as a distributor of premium vendors' laser diodes, announced
today that it will distribute two new high-power laser diodes from
Opnext ( .)

The HL40023MG, a high power 404nm, 500mW violet laser diode is
perfectly suited for applications such as biomedical illumination and
optical lithography. Current biomedical and direct imaging system
manufacturers often use solid state laser diodes which are large and
consume tremendous amounts of power. The HL40023MG violet laser diode
offers manufacturers a more cost competitive option to use a high
intensity diode in a small 5.6mm package. With a low typical operating
current of only 390mA, it also saves on power helping to lower
manufacturers overall operating costs.

The HL45023TG is the first in a family of blue laser diodes being
planned for development. It has been specifically designed to meet the
demands of mobile pico projector applications however it's also well
suited to a variety of fluorescence and sensing applications. Using a
unique and proprietary design, the HL45023TG provides 60mW of optical
output power at a 445nm while consuming 30 percent less power than
existing, commercially available blue lasers. A maximum operating
temperature of 70degreesC and tiny 3.8mm package size make it ideal for
the growing market demand in embedded and mobile device applications.

Mark W. Blodgett, Chairman and CEO of ProPhotonix, said, "With the
introduction of the new Opnext laser diode product line, ProPhotonix
continues its leadership in the photonics market. We expect that these
additions will contribute to increased sales of laser diodes in 2011."

David McGuinness, Sales Director for ProPhotonix commented, "We're
delighted to add these new and exciting laser diodes from Opnext to our
product range. The addition of the blue and violet wavelengths further
cements Opnext's reputation as a global leader in the laser diode
business. We're proud to offer such high quality laser diodes to
address the demanding applications of our customers.""Opnext is excited
 to be working with ProPhotonix as our partner to
promote these new red, blue and violet lasers," said Bob Murphy, Opnext
Business Development Director for North America Sales. "The great
relationship between our companies, coupled with the market presence of
ProPhotonix, will uncover many new opportunities in a variety of
applications for these new laser devices."


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About ProPhotonix Limited

ProPhotonix Limited, headquartered in Salem, New Hampshire, is an
independent designer and manufacturer of diode-based laser modules and
LED systems for industry leading OEMs and medical equipment companies.
In addition, the Company distributes premium diodes for Opnext, QSI,
Sanyo & Sony. The Company serves a wide range of markets including the
machine vision, industrial inspection, defense, sensors, and medical
markets. ProPhotonix has offices and subsidiaries in the U.S., Ireland,
and Europe. For more information about ProPhotonix and its innovative
products, visit the Company's web site at 

About Opnext

Opnext (NASDAQ: OPXT) is the optical technology partner of choice
supplying systems providers and OEMs worldwide with one of the
industry's largest portfolios of 10G and higher next generation optical
products and solutions. The Company's industry expertise, uturefocused
thinking and commitment to research and development combine in bringing
to market the most advanced technology to the communications, defense,
security and biomedical industries. Formed out of Hitachi, Opnext has
built on more than 30 years experience in advanced technology to
establish its broad portfolio of solutions and solid reputation for
excellence in service and delivering value to its customers. For
additional information, visit .

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