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Polatis Expands Range of Ultra Low Loss Optical Switch Products

Cambridge, UK - 21 March 2005 - Polatis Ltd announces a major expansion of product range as previewed at the recent OFC/NFOEC conference in Anaheim, California.

Based on its patented Micro-Actuation Sensing System (MASS) and Direct Beam Steering (DBS) technology, utilised in the world leading 16x16 optical switch, Polatis has introduced the following products:

The new 32x32 optical switch sets another performance benchmark with the lowest loss available for a switch of this size. It is available in both symmetric (NxN) and asymmetric (NxM) formats.

The Polatis multimode optical switch is available as a 16x16 Tray and OEM module for 50um or 62.5um core fibre. This product brings low-loss optical matrix switching to enterprise networks and other multimode applications.

Instrumentation-grade Variable Optical Attenuation and Power Monitoring are now available as options across the Polatis optical switch range. The user can set either attenuation per switch path or maximum power per output port, controlled from a graphical user interface. This high level of functionality is integrated into a 19” rack-mounted tray, enabling simplification of test and measurement infrastructure.

Polatis also introduces a series of Optical Switch Cards in standard 4x4, 4x8, 8x8 and reconfigurable formats. These cards are available in 3U or 6U form factors, for use in standard PXI/VXI racks. The simple binary control protocol can be easily adapted to accommodate customer-specific system interfaces.

Dave Lewis, Polatis CEO, said; ‘The strong demand for our current products, the extended market reach afforded by our recently announced distribution agreement with JDS Uniphase and this expansion of our product range provide an outstanding opportunity to accelerate the growth of Polatis.’

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