Bookham New Focus Achieves New Levels of Precision and Stability with Solutions for OEM Optical Systems

Beam-alignment and light-management systems to debut at Photonics West 2006

San Jose, CA - January 20, 2006 - New Focus(TM), a division of Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), has achieved new levels of precision and stability with two innovative OEM solutions. The new beam-alignment and light-management solutions are designed to meet primary performance specifications for OEM optical systems and will be shown for the first time at Photonics West 2006 later this month.

The new OEM solutions - the GuideStar(TM) OEM beam-alignment systems and the Granite(TM) OEM light-management solutions - will be displayed at the New Focus booth (number 1727). The GuideStar systems actively align laser beams in precision optical systems to microradians and microns precision, enabling continuously optimized system performance; the Granite solutions are ruggedized, OEM-proven optomechanical platforms for custom light-management applications with precision stability to microradians pointing.

"This new offering demonstrates our breadth of capabilities and depth of experience in delivering complex solutions for demanding OEM applications," said Herman Chui, Director of Marketing for New Focus. "With these exceptional levels of precision and stability, we are enabling our OEM customers to reach new levels of system performance and reliability with volume-scalable solutions in a wide range of semiconductor and industrial applications."

The GuideStar systems feature ruggedized motorized mirrors, precision beam position and pointing detection, and industrial grade control electronics and drivers, providing a complete closed-loop solution for beam stability in OEM optical systems. The systems are also customizable for application-specific requirements including continuous wave or pulsed beams, UV to IR wavelengths, large or small beam sizes, varying system geometries, and application-specific materials.

The Granite solutions incorporate the New Focus proprietary precision align-and-lock technology that allows precise alignment of both free-space optical and fiber-coupling elements with rugged, OEM-proven, long-term stability. The solutions are configured for a wide variety of OEM functions including wavelength multiplexing and demultiplexing, power splitting and monitoring, beam measurement and monitoring, interferometry, and multi-function, multi-port light management.

These OEM solutions are part of the New Focus Simply Better(TM) portfolio, also to be launched at Photonics West. The portfolio includes photonics, motion control, control electronics and engineered subsystems, designed for semiconductor and industrial applications in metrology and processing.
1. Photonics West is being held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California from 24th-26th January 2006.
2. For a tour of the New Focus stand (1727) or to arrange an interview with a New Focus representative, please contact Helen Lyman Smith on +44 (0)115 948 6901 or email

Contact Info:
Joanne Bradbeer
Bookham, Inc.
+44 (0) 1327 350581

Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of optical components, modules and subsystems. The company's optical components, modules and subsystems are used in various applications and industries, including telecommunications, data communications, aerospace, industrial and military. Since 2002, the company has acquired the optical components businesses from Nortel Networks and Marconi, as well as Ignis Optics, Inc., the business of Cierra Photonics Inc., New Focus, Inc., and Onetta, Inc. The company has manufacturing
facilities in the UK, US, Canada, China and Switzerland; and offices in the US, UK, Canada, France and Italy and employs approximately 2000 people worldwide.
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