Bookham to Launch First of New Discrete Optics Portfolio at ECOC 2006


XMD MSA compliant receiver to address long reach transceiver and transponder markets

Cannes, France - September 25 2006, Bookham, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, is to launch an XMD MSA compatible receiver optical subassembly (ROSA) with fibre tail assembly (FTA) at ECOC 2006.

The product - one of the first of its kind on the market - consists of an avalanche photodiode (APD), a low-noise preamplifier and a precision NTZ thermistor in an XMD MSA compliant hermetic package, and is available with or without a connectorized fibre pigtail.

"The ROSA has underpinned our own products for many years," said Roger Harley, PLM Director - Transceivers, Lasers and Receivers. "The addition of the FTA opens the ROSA up to new external markets, in particular long reach transceivers and 300pin transponders."

The product has a wide linear operating region of -26.5dBm to -6dBm, high sensitivity (-26.5 dBm typical), and supports FEC rates up to 11.1Gb/s.

The ROSA is the first in a family of new discrete optics from Bookham and is fully ROHS compliant.

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.

More information on Bookham, Inc. is available at bookham.com

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Joanne Bradbeer
Bookham, Inc.
+44 (0) 1327 350581
joanneb@bookham.com

Helen Lyman Smith
GBCS Public Relations
Tel +44 (0) 115 948 6901
helen@gbcspr.com

Howard Jones
GBCS Public Relations
Tel +44 (0) 115 948 6901
howard@gbcspr.com

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