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Polatis Announces the Introduction of a 32 Port Configurable Optical Switch System, Designed for Test and Measurement Applications

Cambridge, UK - February 20, 2004 - Polatis, the Cambridge (UK) based company developing ultra-high performance optical switches, today announced that it is introducing the PSC32 Configurable Optical Switch System targeted at Test and Measurement applications. The PSC32 combines the ultra high performance of the Polatis optical switch engine in a unit that provides true flexibility and ease of use.

The PSC32 optical switch provides a ready solution for applications that require flexibility in port count and configuration. Each of the 32 optical connections can be assigned as either input or output ports through a front panel touch screen or via a remote Ethernet interface. The system can be instantly configured to operate as a 1x31, 2x30 switch all the way to a 16x16. Additionally, multiple sub-switches such as dual 1x15, quad 4x4 can be created on the same fabric and independently controlled.

“Our customers have come to see the performance advantages of the patented Polatis 3-D beam steered optical switching technology. The introduction of the PSC32 brings the benefit of that technology directly to Test and Measurement applications that require dynamic switch redefinition. The ability to dynamically redefine the port configuration of the PSC32 combined with the exceptional optical performance of the switch engine provides a compelling, future-proofed, solution offering true flexibility for customers that require customised optical switch configurations” said Dr. Jas Sandhu, Business Development Manager at Polatis.

The PSC32 utilizes Polatis’ patented Micro-Actuation and Sensing System (MASS) which is based on time proven technologies such as those used in hard disk drives and ink jet printers. The MASS technology platform has established a solid foundation for a family of highly reliable optical switches with best-in-class performance and reliability.

Polatis will be demonstrating the PSC32 as the newest addition to its portfolio of optical switching solutions to be exhibited at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communications 2004 conference being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California, during 24th to 26th February (Booth Number 4245).

About Polatis Ltd

Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. Its patented direct optical beam steering technology is powering the creation of highly reliable and compact photonic switching solutions. Polatis delivers a broad range of optical switching products with class-leading performance to customers in the communications, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company is located in Cambridge, UK on the country's foremost Science Park. Polatis is backed by 3i, Alta Berkeley, Prelude and EonTech.

To learn more please visit our website at: www.polatis.com

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Abbie Clarke
Marketing Coordinator
Polatis Ltd
332 Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge, CB4 0BZ, UK
+44 (0)1223 394807