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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Bookham Enters Into Agreement to Acquire VCSEL Technology Leader Avalon Photonics

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via NewsEdge Corporation

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Avalon Photonics, a supplier of single-mode and multi-mode Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) chips, arrays and subassemblies for sensing and datacom applications based in Zurich. As consideration, Bookham will exchange approximately 765,000 shares of Bookham common stock valued at approximately $5.5 million on signing, and a potential additional 348,000 share earn-out based upon Avalon achieving certain revenue and production performance criteria over a two-year period. The transaction, which is expected to close in March subject to customary closing conditions, should not have a material effect on Bookham's results for the quarter ending March 31, 2006.

"The acquisition of Avalon strengthens Bookham's product portfolio by adding a new chip technology -- VCSELs -- to our already broad chip-design. This technology will extend our product offerings in the datacom and sensing markets, areas we believe offer good growth opportunities," said Dr. Giorgio Anania, president and CEO of Bookham Inc. "Over the next several months we will transfer Avalon's manufacturing to the current Bookham facility, which should result in an improved utilization rate for this facility. In addition, we expect to leverage the newly combined manufacturing and technical strengths of both companies as we continue to expand our product base for the datacom and sensing markets."

Avalon Photonics produces VCSELs for the datacom, sensing, and measurement markets. The Company's patent-protected, single-spatial-mode VCSELs offer unsurpassed specifications required for many sensing and measurement applications and the latest generation of 4GB transceivers.

About Bookham, Inc.

Bookham, Inc. is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company's optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing facilities in the UK, US, Canada, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, France and Italy and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide. More information on Bookham, Inc. is available at

About Avalon Photonics

Avalon Photonics produces VCSELs for datacom, sensing, and measurement markets. These devices enable volume applications due to their high performance, lower power consumption, and reduced costs. Avalon also produces patent-protected, single-spatial-mode VCSELs with specifications required for many sensing and measurement applications. Avalon's ISO 9001 production line achieves high quality, high uniformity, and telecom-grade reliability devices. Avalon's development team can also tailor VCSEL products to specific OEM applications, such as special wavelengths, or 1D or 2D arrays. More information on Avalon Photonics is available at

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