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Frozen, Geoff, Allen, please strip away the hype and jargon here.

How close are any of these products, and the Nanovation pipeline waveguides, to approaching optical switch equivalence?

Nanovation Unveils New Optical Components To Advance Optical Networking Systems

Integrated optics pioneer exhibits new switches, splitters and modulators at OFC 2000

BALTIMORE -- March 7, 2000 -- Nanovation Technologies Inc. today unveiled new product lines designed to make communications networks faster, less expensive and more efficient. A world-class innovator in integrated optical semiconductors, systems and components, Nanovation expects its offerings to revolutionize the telecommunications industry.

Announcing the products at the Optical Fiber and Communication (OFC) Conference 2000 in Baltimore, the Miami-based company debuted the first of its new optical switches, splitters and modulators. These components will enhance network speed, capacity and bandwidth while lowering costs for the multibillion dollar telecommunications industry.

"These switches, splitters and modulators are the first of what will be an extensive offering of integrated photonic components from Nanovation. These products will help businesses and consumers access the full power of all-optical communications in a cost-effective manner," said G. Robert Tatum, president and CEO of Nanovation. "Companies will now be able to build their own customized, optical integrated circuits, thanks to the advanced capabilities of Nanovation components."

Nanovation's new and revolutionary Nanoshutterä technology outperforms other optical switching products by providing a latching switch mechanism for reduced power, very wideband operation, and the ability to integrate these switches with other functional components. This innovative patent-pending technology combines silicon MEMS switches with a proprietary silica-on-silicon wave-guide process, which will enable Nanovation to offer optical components not only with substantial size and cost advantages, but unparalleled flexibility in optical systems architecture - all on a single integrated device.

The offerings from the switch family using NanoshutterTM technology include versions of the following:
· Wide band 1X2 optical switch
· Wide band 1X2 optical switch with integrated 5% monitoring taps
· Wide band 2X2 optical switch
· Wide band 2X2 optical switch with integrated 5% monitoring taps
· Wide band 1X4 optical switch
· Wide band 1X8 optical switch
· Wide band 1X16 optical switch

Nanovation's new offerings for the 1310 nm and 1550 nm telecommunications bands include versions of the following members of the silica-on-silicon wave-guide splitters product family using NanoblockTM technology.
· Single mode 1X8 wide band optical splitter
· Single mode 1X16 wide band optical splitter
· Single mode 2X8 wide band optical splitter
· Single mode 2X16 wide band optical splitter

The company also demonstrated its 1550 nm high-speed switching technology using Indium Phosphide materials. First components planned around this technology include sub-nanosecond optical switches and high-speed modulators.

"Our diverse portfolio of photonic products will find applications in the most advanced long haul, metropolitan, local loop, and hybrid fiber/coaxial systems of the world's leading fiber optic equipment manufacturers," said Tatum. "Nanovation's products will make the transportation of low-cost optical bandwidth to the home and desktop a reality."

About Nanovation Technologies Inc. Nanovation Technologies designs and develops integrated optical devices based on its patented microcavity lasers and resonators for the explosive fiber communications market. The company will initially offer components to telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturers, and to original equipment manufacturers that supply subsystems. Its full product line will include optical cross-connect switches, add/drop switches and wave division multiplexers. In addition, Nanovation will develop and deliver advanced photonic devices with the ability to integrate amplifiers and optical switches on the same device.

Headquartered in Miami, the company has facilities in Evanston, Ill. and Burlington, Ontario, as well as a research and development facility at Northwestern University. In January, the company announced it would provide $90 million over six years to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build a world-class center dedicated to the research and prototyping of light-based technologies. For additional information, visit the company's Web site at

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