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Continuum Photonics and EdenTree Technologies integrate Agilent equipment for remote optical test demonstration at OFC/NFOEC 2005

Companies jointly demonstrate remote test automation application at Optical Fiber Communications Conference 2005 in Anaheim, California

Billerica, MA - February 21, 2005 - Continuum Photonics, a supplier of advanced photonic switch products, and EdenTree Technologies, a provider of test automation solutions, today announced their plan to demonstrate an integrated optical test solution at OFC/NFOEC 2005, using Agilent optical test equipment. Attendees in Anaheim will be able to visually identify and change test equipment configurations in Boston, experience automated test, and interpret test data results remotely. The demonstration will take place in Continuum's booth #2233, during the exhibition hours Tuesday March 8 through Thursday March 10.

DirectLight® IG switches from Continuum are scalable, non-blocking optical switches, transparent to protocol and line rate, and ideal for physical and protocol layer testing and automation in manufacturing production and lab environments. The Connect_ET® lab management application from EdenTree is an easy-to-use application allowing laboratory configurations to be quickly created, stored, retrieved, scheduled, and automatically connected, through local or remote control of switches such as the DirectLight switch. Agilent offers a wide range of optical test and measurement solutions to shorten time-to-market and reduce cost-of-test for customers in development and manufacturing. The three companies have partnered to demonstrate the power and ease of integrating test equipment with Physical Layer connectivity tools, to enable dramatic productivity gains in a wide range of optical test applications.

The demonstration is a real example of a lab configuration involving both parametric and protocol testing, and can be used to represent typical tests needed by component and module manufacturers, product design and verification teams, or service providers. The test will consist of multiple optical devices under test (DUTs), a Continuum DirectLight optical switch, and a suite of Agilent test equipment, including the 8167 mainframe, 81663A DFB laser and power meter, Agilent N2X multi-services tester, 86100C digital communications analyzer (DCA-J). EdenTree's Connect_ET® client/server software will remotely reconfigure test set-ups among all of the devices, using the DirectLight switch to establish the optical path, and control power to the devices. Using EdenTree's product and Agilent's N2X multi-services tester, users in Anaheim will be able to control all of the equipment located at Continuum to power cycle equipment, query and set connectivity (switch maps) between various equipment ports, conduct tests, and view test results.

"This is a very simple, but powerful example of integration between our respective products, and highlights the value that can be delivered to the user through automation of the physical layer connectivity and proper test management," states Aaron Bent, Continuum's vice president of marketing. "The ease with which we can integrate physical layer connectivity tools with Agilent equipment, the industry standard in optical test, means we can address virtually any application from manufacturing test to carrier acceptance testing."

"EdenTree is committed to offering our customers an operating system that can manage and automate multiple aspects of network labs, including physical layer connectivity, multi-user scheduling, and remote control," says Roberta Gonzalez, EdenTree's vice president of marketing. "We are pleased to work with Continuum and Agilent to integrate our software with their products, providing a powerful test environment that can dramatically increase productivity over existing manual or semi-automated approaches."

"This shows how easy it is to control Agilent's N2X multi-services tester remotely enabling laboratories to utilize equipment 24 hours a day with test experts in other locations operating the equipment," says Ronnie Neil, Transport Segment Manager of Agilent's Data Networks Division. "This protects customers' investment in their equipment and will also save customers' time and money - speeding time to market without compromising on the thoroughness of testing"

Continuum will also be demonstrating its DirectLight IG series of optical switches at the show.

About Continuum Photonics

Headquartered within Boston's high-tech beltway, Continuum is dedicated to bringing the highest performance photonic subsystem and system products to its customers. Leveraging commonality across its platform of patented technologies, DirectLight optical switches are the first in a series of products from Continuum aimed at changing the traditional economics of the communications and test industries. Founded in 1998, Continuum brings together a world-class team, and an extensive product history in aerospace, automotive, consumer products, and the military, where Continuum's products have been designed to meet the most demanding requirements. Continuum is supported through investments by Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, Harris and Harris Group, GE Capital, MTDC, Arcadian Venture Partners, and Gainesborough Investments.

For more information, please visit www.continuumphotonics.com

About EdenTree Technologies

Based in Camarillo, CA, along the "101 Technology Corridor", EdenTree provides equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprises with automated solutions for their networking laboratories, helping them reduce time to market, increase productivity, and save money. The company's Connect_ET solution is a client/server software application that controls physical layer switching infrastructure, allowing laboratory resources to be managed, accessed, switched, reserved, monitored, and controlled remotely. Connect_ET customers have more efficient, 24x7 accessible labs with remote access of all devices, dramatic reduction of failure points, and improved test-tracking and scheduling.

For more information, please visit www.edentreetech.com


For Continuum Photonics, Inc.

Aaron A. Bent, PhD
Continuum Photonics, Inc.
978-670-4910, x189

For EdenTree Technologies, Inc.

Roberta González
EdenTree Technologies, Inc.