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Bookham New Focus Unveils Innovative New Electro-optics and Lasers at CLEO 2006

San Jose, CA - May 15, 2006 - New Focus(TM), a division of Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), is expanding its offering of Simply Better(TM) photonics solutions with a range of new laser and electro-optic products to be launched at CLEO later this month. Among the products being featured is a new line of electro-optic modulators that incorporate a patent-pending design to achieve twice the efficiency over traditional modulators and, in new KTP versions, five times the optical damage thresholds of lithium niobate modulators.

Visitors to the New FocusTM booth (number 1531) will also be able to see the following new products on display for the first time at CLEO:

o Avalanche Photodiode (APD) receivers - new high-speed photoreceivers designed for ultralow-light-level detection applications. The product includes high-gain APD, low-noise amplifier and bias supply. With no separate high-voltage input needed, temperature-compensation bias circuits, and single-ended and differential outputs, these high-performance receivers are easy to use.
o StableWaveTM and VelocityTM Tunable Lasers - more than double the selection of StableWave tunable lasers, new models of the New Focus Velocity tunable lasers and new low-noise Velocity laser controllers. With new lasers at 894 and 795nm for Cs (D1) and Rb (D1) transitions and many other new wavelengths, the StableWave TM lasers are designed for demanding applications including precision optical metrology, interferometry, atomic clock and cooling.
o Tiny Picomotor(TM) Actuators - designed specifically for remote-actuation applications, the actuators can be used to move samples, shutters or beam-delivery optics and are able to push up to 3.0 lbs, from within a tiny footprint.

"New Focus is a leader in innovative photonics solutions," said Herman Chui, Director of Marketing at New Focus. "We continually strive to develop new products and solutions that enable our customers to make advancements in demanding cutting-edge science and industrial applications. "

The CLEO exhibition will also see New Focus, in conjunction with the Optical Society of America (OSA), continue to support new innovators in the photonics community with its annual student award. The prestigious award recognizes research strength, presentation skills and leadership abilities by students in the optical field. This year's seven finalists will present their papers on May 22, 2006, at CLEO, with the final results announced on May 24, 2006.

Contact Info:

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

Brian Dolby/ Helen Lyman Smith
GBCS Public Relations
Tel +44 (0) 115 948 6901

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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