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13 February 2008


Gemfire and Covega merge

Gemfire Corporation of Fremont, CA, USA has completed its merger with Covega Corporation of Jessup, Maryland, a provider of indium phosphide and lithium niobate components and modules. The merger sees Covega become a wholly owned subsidiary and the active component division of Gemfire’s Planar Light Circuit (PLC) product family. Covega’s products include Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs), Fabry-Perot lasers, tunable laser gain chips, semiconductor optical amplifiers, and lithium niobate modulators.

Richard Tompane, president and CEO of Gemfire, said: “Through integration of more optical functions into PLCs, it is possible to provide better performance and cost effective solutions to meet the needs of large system integrators under pressure to deliver solutions capable of supporting the rapid growth in demand for bandwidth. This world-class team has the best technology and shares our vision of photonic integration.”

Joe Dixon, president and CEO of Covega, added: "Our advanced technology has provided us with a unique perspective of customer requirements, and now together we have the capability to expand our product portfolio to meet those needs. Furthermore, our combined expertise enables us to be a leader in next generation 40G and beyond, Passive-Optical-Networks and other advanced optical network applications.”

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