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10 January 2007


Tunable laser designer Syntune and manufacturer CyOptics cooperate on market introduction

Syntune AB of Stockholm, Sweden, which designs single-chip tunable lasers and transmitters, has announced a co-operative agreement with CyOptics Inc, which fabricates InP-based optical telecoms wafers/chips in Lehigh Valley,
PA, USA, to accelerate market introduction of a family of full-band tunable telecom lasers and to ensure a continuous volume supply.

CyOptics' automated manufacturing platform (including fully packaging and test in Matamoros, Mexico) has provided over 4 million lasers with over 120 billion service hours in telecoms equipment deployed since 2000, the firm claims. CyOptics will also distribute Syntune's S3500 butterfly package and S3600 Integrated Tunable Laser Assembly (ITLA) C- and L-band products through its worldwide sales channels.

Wavelength agility and fast traffic provisioning is driving demand for next-generation optical networks. Demand for tunable lasers has already doubled from 2005 to 2006, and is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 64% through 2010, says industry analyst Ovum-RHK.

"Syntune's patented widely tunable technology is an excellent addition to our already broad portfolio of active optical component products," says CyOptics' CEO Ed Coringrato. "We have a three-year history of working with
Syntune," he adds (Syntune board member John Pilitsis - president of Lucent Optoelectronics from 1993 to 1998 then CEO of Fitel Technologies Inc - retired as CEO of CyOptics in 2005). "Together we will be well positioned to serve a supply-constrained market," reckons Coringrato.

Syntune uses a fabless model for III-V semiconductors that has proved highly successful in the silicon semiconductor industry, the company says. Due to a robust chip design and standard packaging, Syntune can bring products to
market quickly and efficiently, it claims. Now, the Syntune family of products will be manufactured on CyOptics' proprietary automation packaging platform, ensuring quality and reliability at low cost.

"The fabless model has been the most efficient way to bring our products to market," says Syntune CEO Patrik Evaldsson. ³By partnering with CyOptics, we are able to differentiate our product¹s performance, cost and delivery."

"CyOptics' strong presence throughout the telecommunications community will give customers easy access to the Syntune product family," adds Kevin Green,
Syntune's vice president of Marketing & Sales.

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