Phasebridge, Inc. and Unitek Miyachi Corporation to Commercialize High Performance Photonics Assembly Technology for High Yield, Automated Optical Component Manufacturing


January 21, 2003
PRESS RELEASE




PASADENA AND MONROVIA, CALIF., JANUARY 21, 2003
Phasebridge Inc. and Unitek Miyachi Corporation (UMC) announced today the signing of an agreement whereby Phasebridge will license certain elements of its optical component manufacturing technology to Unitek Miyachi, which will, in turn, develop a standardized platform for true automation of key fiber-optics packaging processes to commercialize the patent-pending Phasebridge optical mount and process technology. This technology eliminates the need for any post weld processes such as laser hammering or bending, enabling significant manufacturing yield improvements over the current state of the art. The Phasebridge optical mount technology lends itself to use with laser welding as well as and other attachment techniques.

"Jointly, Phasebridge and UMC are well positioned to revolutionize the photonics packaging industry by commercializing this innovative solution for robust and cost-effective welding of photonic components. This technology enables reworkable single laser beam welding of photonics components, still with high final positioning tolerance and high production yield. Phasebridge's patent pending optical mount technology combined with UMC's industry leading laser welding, materials joining, and process automation technology will enable high yield packaging and manufacturing automation for high performance photonics applications," said Ronald T. Logan Jr., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Phasebridge.

Pat Jackson, Unitek Miyachi's President and Chief Operating Officer, added "We are uniquely poised to change the way the industry aligns and attaches fiber optics; the marriage of our technologies will result in a more robust production process which is much less complex to manage."

UMC's fiber alignment and attach equipment utilizing Phasebridge's patent pending optical mount technology, will debut at the 2003 Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference, in Atlanta, GA.

"UMC is really excited about the commercial possibilities Phasebridge's alignment technology offers. The deployment of Phasebridge's novel alignment technology in component mounts for fibers and lenses will result in a much more robust process that can be implemented using equipment that costs a fraction of the present state-of-the-art machines." said Mark Rodighiero, Vice President of UMC's Laser and Systems and Axia Systems Divisions.

Nathan Woodard, Ph.D., Phasebridge's Vice President of Engineering and inventor of the Phasebridge technology added, "Our technology is well suited for fiber attachment applications in photonic packages. It is part of an ongoing effort at Phasebridge focused on innovations enabling the building of cost effective 'Micro Optical Benches' that will offer high yield, low cost methods for building optical benches in hybrid modules employing highly diverse materials and components."

About Phasebridge Inc.
Phasebridge Inc. designs and develops cost-effective chip-scale integrated solutions for long-reach metro, transport, and analog/microwave fiber-optic components and sub-systems for major optical networking equipment makers and government military customers. Phasebridge is a privately-held company with investment from Clearstone Venture Partners, Intel, and TriQuint Semiconductor and is headquartered at 859 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. For more information, visit http://www.Phasebridge.com or call (626) 304 -7610.

About Unitek Miyachi Corporation, Axia Systems Division Unitek Miyachi's Axia Systems Division provides solutions for manufacturing photonic devices including Auto-Align Laser Welding Systems with pulsed Nd:YAG lasers, precision nanometer positioning and alignment hardware, and ultra-fast search algorithms. A Weld Process Development Lab is available to assist customers in material selection, package design, PWS analysis and process development. Unitek Miyachi's Axia Systems Division is located at 1820 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016. For more information contact (626) 303-5676, or by email at info@axiasys.com.


Contact: Barbara Kuntz
Unitek Miyachi Corporation
626-930-8560 or
email: barbara@unitekmiyachi.com

Matthew Louis
Phasebridge, Inc.
626-304-7610 Ext. 219
e-mail: mlouis@phasebridge.com



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