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Press Releases from 2000-2006:

BAYSPEC INCREASES MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

December 22, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced a significant increase in manufacturing capacity and process quality through the addition of a Disco Model DAD3220 Series Fully Automated Dicing Saw. Already used in full production, the DAD3220 enables extra-high precision to extremely strict tolerances. The model includes auto-alignment, auto-focus, and auto-kerf check functions for enhanced productivity.

BAYSPEC AWARDED “SIGNAL CONDITIONER” PATENT

December 1, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading provider of agile optical network solutions, today was awarded Patent No. US7,142,784 entitled “Microprocessor-based Optical Signal Conditioner”. Building on its leading edge Volume Phase Grating (VPGTM) based product line, a Signal Conditioner incorporates the functionality of multi-channel Mux/Demux, Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM), Optical Amplification (EDFA), Optical Attenuator, and sophisticated signal processing.

The proposed device provides a compact and cost effective optical module that dynamically monitors DWDM signals, addressing incidents of signal quality such as uneven channel power distribution, wavelength drifts, and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR). As envisioned, the integrated Signal Conditioner balances uneven power distribution across individual channels including non-uniform amplification gain from an optical amplifier and OADMs/ROADMs.

BAYSPEC Co-FOUNDER/CEO TO SPEAK AT SPIE OPTICS EAST PANEL

October 4, 2006 — William Yang, President and CEO, BaySpec will present “Pervasive Spectral Sensing: The Miniaturized Dream Beam” at the Industry Perspectives session at the SPIE Optics East symposium. The SPIE Optics East symposium, the largest optics and photonics event on the East Coast, and will be held in Boston, October 1-5, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center.

The special conference session emphasizes on industry perspectives, especially on market analysis, technology review and ideas for business. BaySpec Co-founder is invited among three other industry experts to share their views on the opportunities, innovations and applications that impact strategy, planning and implementation.

SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, is a not-for-profit international society dedicated to advancing optics and photonics. For further information about Optics & Photonics or other SPIE events, please visit http://spie.org. For full SPIE press release, please see: http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=165862

BAYSPEC TO SHOWCASE ITS FBGAs IN SHENZHEN

Sept 6, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc. will showcase its revolutionary FBG Interrogation Analyzer engines at the 8th Annual China International Optoelectronics Expo (CIOE) held at the Shenzhen Convention Center, Shenzhen, China, September 6-9, 2006.

The BaySpec FBG Interrogation Analyzer is an integrated spectral engine that interrogates multiple wavelengths for precise fiber bragg grating (FBG) sensor system measurements, which for the first time enable low-cost handheld/portable FBG sensor monitoring devices.

The device covers C or L band wavelength ranges and provides simultaneous measurements at very fast response rates and excellent wavelength resolution. High reliability (MIL STD 810E shock and vibration) is achieved through a rugged mechanical design with no moving parts. Periodic calibration is not required. Input/Output (I/O) is provided through a dual port RAM interface accessed through ADD/DAT bus direct connection or serial (RS232 or USB) communications.

The FBG Series employs a highly efficient Volume Phase Grating (VPG ® ) as the spectral dispersion element and an ultra sensitive InGaAs array detector as the detection element, thereby providing high-speed parallel processing and continuous spectrum measurements. As an input, the device uses a tapped signal from the main data transmission link through a single mode fiber, then collimating it with a micro lens. The signal is spectrally dispersed with the VPG®, and the diffracted field is focused onto an InGaAs array detector. The control electronics read out the processed digital signal to extract required information. Both the raw data and the processed data are available to the host.

Key Features:
Real-time optical performance analyzing of fiber optic sensing networks – < 0.6 ms response time for raw data
Athermal design enabling remote portable applications
Min. Frequency of 1.5 KHz
Wide scanning range
High dynamic range – 60 dB
High reliability for use in harsh environment – MIL STD 810E qualified
Flexible, card-mountable design

BAYSPEC TO SPEAK AT ALCATEL/INTEL CAPITAL TECHNOLOGY DAY IN PARIS

August 25, 2006 — Intel Capital and Alcatel have invited BaySpec, Inc. to attend the Alcatel/ Intel Capital Technology Day on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 at Alcatel headquarters in Paris.

An Intel Capital Technology Day event brings a group of emerging technology companies from Intel Capital’s portfolio on-site to a corporate customer (Alcatel in this case), to meet with key decision makers and influencers for potential adoption by the company for internal use, or for use in solutions for the customer’s client projects. Alcatel selected BaySpec and fewer than 10 other companies from Intel Capital’s Innovation Catalog of over 300 portfolio companies, based on matching technology interests.

BAYSPEC WINS FOLLOW ON MILITARY DEFENSE ORDER

July 4, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced it has received a follow on volume order from a military defense subcontractor for its ultra-wide band OSA modules which provide real-time imbedded monitoring in defense and test & measurement environments. The OSA modules cover coarse wavelength range from 1230 nm to 1670 nm and simultaneously monitor S, C and L-band wavelengths at 50 GHz spacing, providing fully integrated spectral monitoring devices for the combination of CWDM and DWDM application.

The ultra-wide band OSA modules feature high detection sensitivity, allowing to detect weak signal, and wide dynamic range, providing flexibility for monitoring both strong and weak signals. The newly launched OSA modules can work in very low temperature environment, for which electronic parts with industrial grade are utilized. Compared with commercial application where the typical low limit of operating temperature is -5 to 0°C, the operating temperature of BaySpec OSA modules is extended down to -20°C with high reliability. Further notable features include compact size and lower weight. Because no active temperature control is required, the power consumption is low. These characteristics are collectively critical to particular applications under extreme conditions, such as defense industry. Moreover, the OSA modules have no moving parts, utilizing a highly efficient volume phase grating as the spectral dispersion element in combination with a solid-state InGaAs detector array. They are highly reliable and Telcordia GR1209/1221/63 compliant, exceeding Mil-spec requirements.

For proprietary reasons, this customer has requested that BaySpec not release its name.

BAYSPEC MONITORS 40G

JULY 26, 2006 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced commercial availability of its market leading 40 Gbps Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM). Already qualified by a number of telecom equipment vendors, the OCPM offers proven performance in the field with built-in flexibility for the future. The bandwidth required by services such as video-on-demand and 100 Mbps Internet are driving 40G demand in the transport network. BaySpec’s unique 2.5/10/40G discernable OCPMs enable significant operating cost reduction in the price sensitive Metro Core market where current demand is strongest. Devices are Telcordia GR-1221-CORE qualified and shipping in volume.

BaySpec family of market leading monitoring products enable Agile Optical Networking, including: 100 or 50 GHz DWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, 2.5G/10/40 G/s mixing Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Ultra-wideband Optical Spectrum Analyzers, CWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Athermal Mux/Demuxes and Intelligent EDFAs. Applications include: reconfigurable optical add/drop monitoring, physical layer monitoring for provisioning and commissioning optical networks, real-time fault detection and isolation in DWDM systems, EDFA gain balancing, channel power/ wavelength/ and OSNR measurements, and handheld battery-operated CWDM & DWDM field test equipment for low-cost testing in triple-play fiber deployments.

BAYSPEC REACHES ROADM MILESTONE

JUNE 23, 2006 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced its Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM) was chosen in over 70 percent of first half 2006 worldwide Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Module (ROADM) deployments. BaySpec’s OCPMs offer superior data acquisition time without AGC, OSNR and total power of < 15ms enabling ROADMs with the most advanced wavelength routing and topology migration capabilities available, while also lowering optical power loss resulting in a capital savings of up to 50% per network over previous-generation solutions. The ROADM equipment market is the fastest growing WDM segment with revenues expected to grow a CAGR of 40% per year through 2011, according to consultancy Ovum-RHK.

BaySpec family of market leading monitoring products enable Agile Optical Networking, including: 100 or 50 GHz DWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, 10/40 G/s mixing Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Ultra-wideband Optical Spectrum Analyzers, CWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Athermal Mux/Demuxes and Intelligent EDFAs. Applications include: reconfigurable optical add/drop monitoring, physical layer monitoring for provisioning and commissioning optical networks, real-time fault detection and isolation in DWDM systems, EDFA gain balancing, channel power/ wavelength/ and OSNR measurements, and handheld battery-operated CWDM & DWDM field test equipment for low-cost testing in triple-play fiber deployments. Agile Optical Networks offer dynamic reconfigurability, advanced wavelength services, and reduced OpEx and CapEx.

PRESTIGIOUS CANADIAN RESEARCH CENTER PUBLISHES REAL-TIME MONITORING OCPM PAPER

May 1, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, reports the results of the Canadian Comunications Research Centre work on utilizing OCPM monitor for real-time wavelength monitoring and tracking in densely populated WDM networks. BaySpec’s OCPM was chosen on the basis of its ability to simultaneously measure dense WDM channels in real-time. The results of this research suggest the importance of BaySpec’s patented technology in meeting stringent SLA (service level agreements) for corrective action before failures occur.

A full copy of the paper, “Experimental Validation of Concept for Real-time Wavelength Monitoring and Tracking in Densely Populated WDM Networks” can be found at:

http://www.site.uottawa.ca/~vukovic/UoO%20Pub/OpticsEast05.pdf

BAYSPEC REVENUES RISE

APRIL 13, 2006 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, achieved record revenue and bookings for the last two calendar quarters ending March 31, 2006. Bookings for the last two quarters surpassed $8 million and revenues were $6 million. Both measures represented greater than 100 percent year over year growth. www.bayspec.com or +1-510-661-2008 for more information.

BaySpec family of market leading monitoring products enable Agile Optical Networking, including 100 or 50 GHz DWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, 10/40 G/s mixing Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Ultra-wideband Optical Spectrum Analyzers, CWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Athermal Mux/Demuxes and Intelligent EDFAs. Applications include: reconfigurable optical add/drop monitoring, physical layer monitoring for provisioning and commissioning optical networks, real-time fault detection and isolation in DWDM systems, EDFA gain balancing, channel power/ wavelength/ and OSNR measurements, and handheld battery-operated CWDM & DWDM field test equipment for low-cost testing in triple-play fiber deployments. Agile Optical Networks offer dynamic reconfigurability, advanced wavelength services, and reduced OpEx and CapEx.

Recent shipments into the fiber optic sensing industry demonstrates the expanded uses for BaySpec’s compact, robust, low power consumption Optical Engines, which are already widely used in the Optical Telecommunication industry. Devices are applied by BaySpec’s customers as the optical engines for optical spectrum analyzers (OSA) which provide fast, reliable and accurate readings of up to hundreds of remotely located Fiber-Bragg Gratings (FBGs) and Fabry-Perot fiber optic sensors. Manufactured to replace tunable filter based technologies in a wide variety of applications, these robust, self-contained OSA/optical interrogators instruments are designed to meet real-time dynamic structural health monitoring needs ranging from pressure, temperature, strain, displacement and vibration, etc.

BAYSPEC LAUNCHES FBG INTERROGATION SPECTRAL ENGINES

April 4, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, today announced volume shipments of its optical engines to a large test and measurement customer for optical field interrogator instruments used for fiber optic sensing applications.

The commencement of volume shipments for the fiber optic sensing industry demonstrates the expanded uses for BaySpec’s compact, robust, low power consumption Optical Engines, which are already widely used in the Optical Telecommunication industry. Devices are applied by BaySpec’s customers as the optical engines for optical spectrum analyzers (OSA) which provide fast, reliable and accurate readings of up to hundreds of remotely located Fiber-Bragg Gratings (FBGs) and Fabry-Perot fiber optic sensors. Manufactured to replace tunable filter based technologies in a wide variety of applications, these robust, self-contained OSA/optical interrogators instruments are designed to meet real-time dynamic structural health monitoring needs ranging from pressure, temperature, strain, displacement and vibration, etc.

BAYSPEC ANNOUNCES FIRST 10/40-MIXING OCPM

March 24, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced commercial availability of its market leading 40 Gbps Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM). Already qualified by a number of telecom equipment vendors, the OCPM offers proven performance in the field with built-in flexibility for the future. The bandwidth required by services such as video-on-demand and 100 Mbps Internet are driving 40G demand in the transport network. BaySpec’s unique 2.5/10/40G discernable OCPMs enable significant operating cost reduction in the price sensitive Metro Core market where current demand is strongest. Devices are Telcordia GR-1221-CORE qualified and shipping in volume.

BAYSPEC UNVEILS FIRST BATTERY-OPERATED HANDHELD OSA ENGINE

MARCH 03, 2006 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, will demonstrate the industry’s first battery-operated Optical Channel Performance Monitor in Booth 3732 at the Annual OFC/NFOEC in Anaheim, California March 7-9, 2006.

A revolutionary breakthrough, the battery-operated Optical Channel Performance Monitor OCPMTM operates over 20 hours at room temperature on 2 AA batteries. Power consumption is of critical importance in high density central office environments, while enabling new freedom of mobility taking handheld DWDM/CWDM monitoring into the field for low cost testing in triple-play market deployments.

Additionally, BaySpec will display a family of market leading monitoring products enabling Agile Optical Networking, including: CWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, 100 or 50 GHz DWDM Optical Channel Performance Monitors, 10/40 G/s mixing Optical Channel Performance Monitors, Ultra-wideband Optical Spectrum Analyzers, Athermal Mux/Demuxes and Intelligent EDFAs. Agile Optical Networks offer dynamic reconfigurability, advanced wavelength services, and reduced OpEx and CapEx.

BAYSPEC INCREASES MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

January 6, 2006 — BaySpec, Inc., a leading volume supplier of optical modules and sub-systems, announced a significant increase in manufacturing capacity through the addition of a Unitek Benchmark Generation 2 Atmospheric Enclosure. Already used in full production, the Generation 2 enables fully-computerized operation, computer-controlled door locks and independent vacuum pumping on all ovens and interchanges for maximum package protection. System software provides tight control of all process parameters. ISO9000/ Military specification traceability is enabled through Unitek Benchmark’s total environmental control, monitoring and reporting.

BAYSPEC RECEIVES WSS PATENT

FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading OEM supplier of advanced photonic modules and sub-systems for fiber-optic communications networks, announced receipt a U.S. patent related to the company’s Volume Phase Grating (VPG) technology. U.S. patent No. 6,671,428 entitled: Wavelength selective optical cross switch and optical add/drop multiplexer using volume phase grating and array of micro electro mechanical mirrors. This additional intellectual property will further enhance BaySpec’s ability to offer market leading integrated modules incorporating Mux/Demux, Optical Performance Channel Monitoring, Signal Conditioning and EDFA capabilities.

U.S. patent No. 6,671,428 entitled: Wavelength selective optical cross switch and optical add/drop multiplexer using volume phase grating and array of micro electro mechanical mirrors. This additional intellectual property will further enhance BaySpec’s ability to offer market leading integrated modules incorporating Mux/Demux, Optical Performance Channel Monitoring, Signal Conditioning and EDFA capabilities.

BAYSPEC SHIPS OEM OSA ENGINES

AUGUST 22, 2002 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading developer of advanced optical components and modules to the optical networking and test & measurement industry, today announced strategic partnerships and volume orders with major equipment manufacturers in providing BaySpec’s high-performance OEM OSA Spectrometer Engines covering both C- and L-band. Initial shipment was made this week to meet the customer’s tight delivery schedule.

BaySpec’s IntelliGuardTM OSA Spectrometer Engine is an integrated module that consists of optics and high-speed electronics, based on its proprietary VPG technology and patented optical design. The 50 GHz 160-channel modules facilitate simultaneous measuring of 80 channels in the C-band and 80 channels in the L-band, providing rapid channel identification, and non-intrusive wavelength, power and OSNR measurements within 25 ms. A dynamic range of 60 dB, and OSNR of 25 dB are guaranteed. The module delivers an absolute wavelength accuracy of ±20 pm, spectral resolution of 50 pm, and channel power accuracy of ±0.5 dB for both bands. Further the module is completely athermal, without the need of active temperature control, and power consumption for PCB is less than 2 Watts.

BAYSPEC INTRODUCES CWDM MONITORS

JUNE 14, 2002 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading developer of advanced optical components and modules, today announces the expansion of its IntelliGuard Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM) product line with the addition of the industries first ever CWDM Spectrometer Engine. The CWDM Spectrometer Engine is ideally suited for OEM handheld or embedded network monitoring equipment in cost-sensitive metropolitan environments.

BaySpec’s CWDM Spectrometer Engine is an integrated module utilizing its patented VPGTM technology in conjunction with high-sensitivity InGaAs detector arrays. The CWDM Spectrometer Engine not only stands alone as a CWDM channel monitor but also is used as spectral elements in handheld/portable CWDM Optical Spectrum Analyzers (OSA). The module is completely athermal, without the need for active temperature control, and is designed to work with uncooled lasers having wavelengths separated by 20 nm. They operate independent of data rate and protocol, and are qualified in accordance with Telcordia standards. The device provides a wide dynamic range of 60 dB, channel power accuracy of ±1.0dB, wavelength accuracy of ±0.25nm, and response time of < 50ms.

The CWDM Spectrometer Engine is plug-and-play compatible with BaySpec’s full range of Optical Channel Performance Monitors from coarse to 25 GHz channel spacing, and 4 to 200 channels. Modules are software upgradeable and designed to be self-calibrated.

FINISAR AND BAYSPEC NIX MERGER

MAY 29, 2002 SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq: FNSR), a technology leader in gigabit fiber optic solutions for high-speed computer networks, and BaySpec, Inc., an innovator in the application of volume phase gratings for combining and splitting multiple wavelengths in telecom networks, today reported that they have mutually agreed to terminate the proposed merger of BaySpec into Finisar.

“Current market conditions as well as the outlook for capex spending within the telecommunications industry, make it difficult to complete the BaySpec acquisition as planned,” said Jerry Rawls, Finisar’s President and CEO. “However, we continue to view BaySpec as a fine company with innovative technology and hope to find other ways in which we can work together in the future.”

“This is a difficult time for telecom equipment companies. While the merger with Finisar was a good idea under different conditions, the recent degradation in the stock market and the declining outlook for telecom capital spending have made the transaction more difficult and less compelling,” said William Yang, President and CEO of BaySpec. “Nevertheless, we hope to find ways to do business with Finisar in the future.”

FINISAR TO BUY BAYSPEC

MARCH 15, 2002 SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Finisar Corporation (Nasdaq:FNSR), a technology leader in gigabit fiber optic solutions for high-speed data networks, today reported that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held BaySpec, Inc. headquartered in Fremont, CA.

Founded in March 1999, and funded by Broadview, Cisco, H&Q Asia Pacific, Intel and Finisar, BaySpec has developed the world’s most cost-effective solution for multiplexing and de-multiplexing multiple DWDM wavelengths for metro and telecom applications. Based on its proprietary Volume Phase Grating (VPGTM) technology, BaySpec has been able to develop a mux/demux which is capable of combining and separating 16 to 80 wavelengths with low losses in an athermal package. Finisar gains access to this important technology as well as a talented engineering and management group.

“BaySpec is a perfect fit for Finisar,” said Jerry Rawls, Finisar’s President and CEO. “They help complete our vision for enabling the rollout of new wavelength services for metro access. We plan to provide DWDM at a fraction of the cost we are seeing today,” added Rawls. “We helped enable an entire SAN industry by demonstrating that you could send gigabit rate signals over inexpensive multimode fibers. We stand on the verge of doing the same for the economics of metro access.” “We are excited by the possibilities that arise from the combination of Finisar and Bayspec technologies,” said Dr. William Yang, BaySpec’s founder, President and CEO. “The two companies together will be able to offer fiber optic products that have world class performance and disruptive costs. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we become part of Finisar.”

Under the terms of the agreement, BaySpec will merge with a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finisar, and BaySpec stockholders will be entitled to receive approximately 5.5 million shares of Finisar Common Stock including shares issuable upon exercise of options assumed in the merger plus up to an additional 1.5 million shares upon attaining certain revenue and technical milestones. The transaction will be accounted for as a purchase and is intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization. The closing price of Finisar’s Common Stock on March 15, 2002 was $7.51 per share, giving the transaction a potential aggregate value of $53 million. Following the merger, BaySpec will become an integral part of Finisar’s passive optics effort to be headed by Dr. William Yang. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of fiscal 2003 ending July 31, 2002, and is subject to approval by BaySpec’s stockholders, the notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and other customary conditions.

BAYSPEC SHIPS MONITORS

MARCH 06, 2002 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading developer of advanced DWDM components and modules, today announces the delivery and availability of IntelliGuardTM 160-channel 50 GHz Optical Channel Performance Monitors (OCPMs) based on its patented VPG technology and OCPM design.

The IntelliGuardTM 160-channel 50 GHz OCPM is the first spectrometer module in the field. This high-count device provides a wider window for monitoring the network health at the optical layer. The 160-channel OCPMs are designed to cover simultaneously both C- and L-band, between which an unwanted spectrum region of a few nanometers can be steadily adjusted. This means that 80 channels are responsible for the C-band and the other 80 channels work for the L-band, providing rapid channel identification, and non-invasive wavelength, power and OSNR measurements within 25 ms.

Similar to the early delivered 50 GHz 80 channel OCPMs, the newly launched 160 channel OCPM modules feature a wide dynamic range of 60 dB, the best OSNR of 30±1.5 dB, a wavelength accuracy of ±15 pm, spectral resolution of 50 pm, and channel power accuracy of ±0.5 dB for both bands. The BaySpec’s IntelliGuardTM OCPM modules are athermal, without the need of active temperature control, and are designed to comply with Telcordia GR-1209/1221 requirements.

BAYSPEC HAS GOT AN OCPM

JANUARY 24, 2002 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., founded in 1999, today announces the availability of the IntelliGuard™ 50 GHz optical channel performance monitor (OCPM). This integrated module utilizes BaySpec’s patented VPG® technology as a highly efficient spectral engine and patented OCPM design to produce an OCPM with unprecedented performance.

In response to the increasing demands for network performance monitoring, BaySpec has developed a new series of optical channel performance monitors for DWDM networks with 50 GHz channel spacing. The devices can quickly and simultaneously monitor 80 channels in a single C- or L-band, providing high-quality measurements of power, wavelength, and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR). BaySpec’s VPG® technology, combined with sophisticated detection and DSP-based processing system enables continuous spectral monitoring and high thermal stability. The module also features wide dynamic range, high OSNR, a small form-factor and low cost.

This 50 GHz module along with the previously announced 100 GHz module, provide solutions to meet a broad spectrum of customer’s requirements. Both devices can easily be customized.

BAYSPEC INTROS TINY MONITOR

DECEMBER 13, 2001 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading solution provider founded in 1999 and OEM supplier of advanced and innovative photonic products for fiber-optic communications networks, today announces its ultra-compact optical channel performance monitors (OCPM), based on highly efficient VPG and InGaAs array detector — smallest of this kind in the world, and begins shipping to customers.

BaySpec’s OCPM is a highly intelligent device which embraces the essential functions of optical channel monitor, optical performance monitor, optical wavelength meter, optical power meter, and spectral analyzer for next-generation communications networks. The full size of its optical system is as small as 60mmx68mmx15mm and its electronics circuit board is the same size as a credit card. Such a compact dimension gives more freedom to system integration.

“We fully commit customer’s need and continue to develop first-class products,” said William Yang, President and CEO of BaySpec. “In addition to its ultra-compact design, the newly introduced OCPM improves OSNR to better than 30 dB with accuracy of +/- 1 dB and is a truly athermal module. Now, the OCPM series covers both C-band, L-band, and C+L-band mainly for 50 and 100 GHz channel spacing.”

BAYSPEC GOES ATHERMAL

December 10, 2001 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a leading solution provider founded in 1999 and OEM supplier of advanced and innovative photonic products for fiber-optic communications networks, today announces the successful development of a low-cost athermal packaging technology for bulk grating-based optical products.

This new athermal packaging technology makes BaySpec’s DWDM Mux/Demux devices and optical channel performance monitors (OCPM) fully passive. In the other words, temperature control is no longer needed for these optical devices, so that the cost is largely reduced while not complicating the packaging process.

For 100 GHz channel spacing MUX/Demux, this means that the field thermal wavelength stability is better than 0.4 pm/°C and the temperature-dependent loss is below 0.01 dB/°C over the operating temperature range of 0-70°C. The laboratory test has achieved its best level of 0.1 pm/°C. Thus, BaySpec’s 200/100/50 GHz, 16, 20, 32, 40, 64 and 80 channel DWDMs form their full series of low-cost athermal products for metro and long-haul applications.

These devices are designed to fully meet Telcordia GR-1209/1221 requirements. BaySpec has completed all qualification tests of its new athermal packaging technology.

BAYSPEC IS SHIPPING

OCTOBER 23, 2001 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a Silicon Valley Fiber-Optic Company, located in Fremont of California, today announces the volume shipping of its athermal 40-channel 100 GHz ChromaticaTM Mux/Demux to specific customers and strategic partners. Apart from other orders, the volume of order from one particular customer exceeds $0.5M in an initial developing phase. This is another great leap of the company after its publicly announcing its athermal Mux/Demux products two weeks ago (see News Wire Feed in Light Reading: BaySpec Launches Athermal Mux/Demux – 10/5/2001 9:00:00 PM, “BaySpec Launches Athermal Mux/Demux” at http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=8678. The sales volume of such DWDM products is dramatically increased by comparison with that of the previous month. More orders are being hailed in so that BaySpec is strategically expanding its DWDM production capability.

The major reason why the market favors BaySpec’s products can be attributed to the fact that its DWDM devices have been recognized to possess not only first-class optical and thermal performance, but also superior performance/cost ratio. The BaySpec’s athermal 40-channel 100 GHz ChromaticaTM Mux/Demux has been designed based on its patented VPG technology and manufactured in compliance with Telcordia GR-1209/1221 requirements. The engineers at BaySpec have developed the unique packaging technology to achieve thermal wavelength drift less than 0.4 pm/°C and the temperature-dependent loss below 0.01 dB/°C over the operating temperature range of 0-70°C without temperature control. In addition, the device has extremely low insertion loss (< 3.0 dB), high channel uniformity (< 0.5 dB), and low polarization-dependent loss (< 0.3 dB). Together with its compact design, the ChromaticaTM Mux/Demux may provide the optimal solution to the metro loop, short-haul, and long-haul communications networks.

BAYSPEC HAILS PERFORMANCE MONITOR

October 15, 2001 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc. introduces its compact, low-cost IntelliGuardTM Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM), designed for systems with 100 GHz channel spacing and up to 40 channels. Based on a proprietary design, the IntelliGuardTM module provides channel power and monitors wavelength drift and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) over the C- and L-bands in less than 1 ms.

The use of BaySpec’s patented volume phase grating (VPG™) technology enables us to deliver a cost-effective device with exceptional performance. The IntelliGuardTM OCPM module delivers a wavelength accuracy of ±15 pm, spectral resolution of 50 pm, power dynamic range from –40 to +5 dBm, and channel power accuracy of ±0.5 dB for both C- and L-bands.

BAYSPEC LAUNCHES ATHERMAL MUX/DEMUX

October 5, 2001 FREMONT, Calif. — BaySpec, Inc., a Silicon Valley Startup Fiber-Optic Company, located in Fremont of California, announces its athermal 40-channel 100 GHz ChromaticaTM Mux/Demux products based on its patented volume phase grating (VPGTM) technology. This is a revolutionary leap forward for the grating-based DWDM devices.

The BaySpec’s athermal packaging makes the newly designed components fully passive. Without the temperature control, the thermal wavelength drift is less than 0.5 pm/°C and the temperature-dependent insertion loss is reduced below 0.01 dB/°C over the operating temperature range of 0-70°C.

With this technology, the BaySpec’s 16-, 20-, and 32-channel DWDMs are upgraded to be athermal accordingly. Furthermore, the devices are extremely compact, much smaller than their counterparts of the thin film filter-based DWDM devices and AWGs, and polarization-insensitive. The devices are designed to fully meet Telcordia GR-1209/1221 requirements. The 80-channel VPG-based athermal Mux/Demux devices are under various tests.