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Continuum Photonics Awarded Product Differentiation Innovation Award by Frost & Sullivan

Continuum recipient of Frost & Sullivan Award for its DirectLight series of optical switch products

Billerica, MA - March 1, 2005 - Continuum Photonics, a supplier of advanced photonic switch products, has been selected as the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Innovation. The award represents leadership in the successful adoption of new technology to best address emerging markets, and was awarded to recognize the DirectLight series of switches. This award was presented in conjunction with Frost & Sullivan's World MEMS Based Optical Components Markets research.

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 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Innovation is presented to the company that has best demonstrated the ability to develop and/or advance products with more innovative capabilities than competing vendors and products. Such innovation is expected to significantly contribute to the industry in terms of product performance and degree/rate of technical change. Participants are ranked with respect to numerous criteria, and Continuum was ranked number one in the industry.

"Continuum's piezo-MEMS beam-steering technology is the first of its kind, and has significant advantages over traditional MEMS mirrors," said Frost & Sullivan Analyst, Projjal Kumar Roy. "It enables a powerful set of features in addition to the standard switching, including its integrated VOA and power meter functions. We believe this places Continuum in the unique position to address the broadest number of market segments in communications, including test & measurement, optical networking, and fiber distribution."

Jeffrey Farmer, Continuum's CEO, comments on the Frost & Sullivan award. "Recognition by Frost & Sullivan for our DirectLight series of products is a further validation of the strong market demand we are seeing from our customers every day. The uniquely integrated functionality of an instrument-quality switch, power meter, and VOA provides not only a distinct operational advantage for customers, but substantial reductions in first installed and total lifecycle costs. We are seeing broad applications within our customer base at network equipment manufacturers, service providers, and others."

Continuum will be demonstrating its DirectLight series of products at the 2005 OFC/NFOEC conference and exposition in Anaheim, California, March 8 through 10. In addition, Continuum has partnered with Agilent Technologies and EdenTree Technologies to jointly demonstrate remote test lab automation. 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. Both demonstrations can be seen at Continuum's booth #2233 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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

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For Continuum Photonics, Inc.

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