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TMCNet:  Polatis Inc: Polatis To Unveil New Standalone Optical Switching 
Solution At OFC 2008; Solution developed to meet needs of major Test & 
Measurement customers

[February 26, 2008]

Polatis Inc: Polatis To Unveil New Standalone Optical Switching Solution At OFC 2008; Solution developed to meet needs of major Test & Measurement customers

(M2 PressWIRE Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
RDATE:26022008

Billerica, MA., Cambridge, UK -- Polatis Inc., a supplier of high
performance optical switch technologies, today announced the launch of
its new line of touch screen optical switch products at OFC 2008,
taking place this week at the San Diego Convention Center, California,
USA.

The powerful new line of products include both the touch screen display
optical switch (OSD), and the touch screen display optical switch with
integrated power meter and VOA functionality (VSD) product. These
products enable stand-alone front panel operation of all major
switching functions, without the need for network connectivity or
external devices. Operated through an intuitive page-driven graphical
user interface, the front panel supports setting port connections,
saving and recalling configurations, setting the device IP address,
querying optical power, and attenuating signals.

"The quality and performance of Polatis optical switches has made them
the industry standard for production test and lab automation," said Dr.

Aaron Bent, VP Sales and Marketing at Polatis. "We added the ability
for full-featured local control, based specifically on the feedback
from customers of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers
and carriers, and those of our worldwide distribution partner JDSU."

The OSD and VSD products are ideal for lab and production environments,
wherever high performance, reliability, and feature-rich automation
tools are required for optical test. The new products provide
simultaneous remote management and local operation, for applications
including: systems verification testing (SVT), production test
automation, interoperability labs, and carrier network span emulation.

Gegs Jones, Group PLM Lead at JDSU said, "High quality communications
test equipment, working in concert with automation tools such as the
Polatis switch, are more important now than ever before as equipment
vendors and carriers are under increasing pressure to deliver the
highest quality product or service, quicker, and at lower cost. We have
worked closely with Polatis to define this requirement, and they have
introduced a next generation product that meets the needs of our
customers, and will greatly improve our product offering."

Like all Polatis optical switches the OSD and VSD switch fabrics
deliver ultra-low loss, high optical repeatability, high optical signal
stability and minimal polarization dependent loss. They are
bi-directional, fully non-blocking, protocol and bit rate independent,
and can handle high optical powers or switching dark fiber.

The new VSD touch screen optical switch product will be on display at
the Polatis booth (#2615), along with 7 other operating demonstrations
showcasing products in use for telecom operator networks. Polatis
offers a broad range of products in single mode and multimode fiber,
and in formats that include tray, module, and cPCI card-based products.

Polatis products, including the Optical Switch Tray (OST) product, will
also be on display in the JDSU booth (#2021/3139), Polatis partner and
worldwide distributor for products in the test market.

Notes to editors

1. OFC/NFOEC is taking place at the San Diego Convention Centre, San
Diego, California, February 24-28, 2008. For further information, visit

2. Polatis will be exhibiting at the OFC exhibition, 24-28 February, at
booth #2615

3. To arrange an interview with representatives of Polatis, please
contact Natalie Saville on natalie@bcspr.co.uk or +44(0)115 948 6901.

If you are reading this at the show, please call Howard Jones on +44
(0)7980 772 285.

About Polatis

Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low
loss optical switching. Its patented DirectLight(r) 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, video, defense and instrumentation sectors. The
company has headquarters located near Boston, Massachusetts and in
Cambridge, UK. Polatis Inc. is supported through investments by 3i
Group, Alta Berkeley, Esprit Capital Partners, EonTech Ventures,
Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Boston
Millennia Partners, Harris and Harris Group, GE Capital, MTDC, Arcadian
Venture Partners, and Gainesborough Investments.

CONTACT: Aaron A. Bent, PhD VP, Marketing and Sales Polatis, Inc
Tel: +1 978 670 4910 ext: 189
e-mail: aabent@polatis.com
WWW: http://www.polatis.com/
Howard Jones BCS Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)115 948 6917
Tel: +44 (0)7980 772 285
e-mail: howard@bcspr.co.uk
Natalie Saville, Polatis, Inc
Tel: +44 (0)115 948 6901
e-mail: natalie@bcspr.co.uk

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