Aluminum Breadboards are suited for OEM optical assemblies.

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LABasix(TM) SA2 series solid aluminum breadboards are machined from 0.5 in. thick 6061 aluminum. Standard grid of tapped holes extends to within 0.5 in. of plate edges; imperial models feature 1/4-20 tapped holes on 1 in. grid while metric models feature M6 tapped holes on 25 mm grid. Counter-bored holes and deep edge chamfers aid in lifting, aligning, and integration of unit onto standard optical tables, while anodized deep black color minimizes surface reflections.

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Newport Introduces the Lowest Cost Aluminum Breadboards in the Industry

Irvine, CA - August 12, 2009 - Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in lasers and photonics solutions, introduces the LABasix(TM) SA2 series of low-cost aluminum breadboards for basic photonic research and OEM optical assemblies. The new, solid aluminum breadboards, machined from 0.5 inch-thick 6061 aluminum, provide a stable yet lightweight platform for optical components and sub-assemblies.

The highly durable, SA2 Series incorporates several unique design features that improve the flexibility and ease-of-use compared to traditional aluminum breadboards. The standard grid of tapped holes extends to within 0.5 inches of the plate edges, providing more mounting surface than competitive products. Newport's new SA2 also features "in-grid" counter-bored holes and deep edge chamfers for easier lifting, aligning, and integration of the SA2 onto standard optical tables.

The SA2 Series is offered in the most popular standard sizes with custom sizes and shapes also available. The imperial standard models feature ¼- 20 tapped holes on a 1-inch grid; metric models feature M6 tapped holes on a 25mm grid. Both imperial and metric versions are anodized deep black to minimize surface reflections, with other surface finishes available upon request.

According to Warren Booth, Vibration Control Product Line Manager, "We've always been very engaged with the research community and their feedback on what they wanted in a new aluminum breadboard was very clear - Better, Cheaper, Faster! So we developed new manufacturing processes, design features and inventory plans to meet their needs with the new SA2 and the initial feedback has been very positive."

For more information on the new SA2 Aluminum Breadboards and Newport's other vibration control solutions please visit

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell Microcap Index.

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