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

Bookham New Focus Achieves New Levels of Precision and Stability with Solutions for OEM Optical Systems

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San Jose, CA - New Focus, a division of Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), has achieved new levels of precision and stability with two innovative OEM solutions. The new beam-alignment and light-management solutions are designed to meet primary performance specifications for OEM optical systems and will be shown for the first time at Photonics West 2006 later this month.

The new OEM solutions - the GuideStar OEM beam-alignment systems and the Granite OEM light-management solutions - will be displayed at the New Focus booth (number 1727). The GuideStar systems actively align laser beams in precision optical systems to microradians and microns precision, enabling continuously optimized system performance; the Granite solutions are ruggedized, OEM-proven optomechanical platforms for custom light-management applications with precision stability to microradians pointing.

"This new offering demonstrates our breadth of capabilities and depth of experience in delivering complex solutions for demanding OEM applications," said Herman Chui, Director of Marketing for New Focus. "With these exceptional levels of precision and stability, we are enabling our OEM customers to reach new levels of system performance and reliability with volume-scalable solutions in a wide range of semiconductor and industrial applications."

The GuideStar systems feature ruggedized motorized mirrors, precision beam position and pointing detection, and industrial grade control electronics and drivers, providing a complete closed-loop solution for beam stability in OEM optical systems. The systems are also customizable for application-specific requirements including continuous wave or pulsed beams, UV to IR wavelengths, large or small beam sizes, varying system geometries, and application-specific materials.

The Granite solutions incorporate the New Focus proprietary precision align-and-lock technology that allows precise alignment of both free-space optical and fiber-coupling elements with rugged, OEM-proven, long-term stability. The solutions are configured for a wide variety of OEM functions including wavelength multiplexing and demultiplexing, power splitting and monitoring, beam measurement and monitoring, interferometry, and multi-function, multi-port light management.

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