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NeoPhotonics Introduces Multicast Switch for Next Generation ROADM Applications in High-Capacity "100G" Networks
Multicast Switch Designed to Enable Advanced "Wavelength Flexibility" for "CDC" ROADMs in 100G Coherent Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., Mar 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed optical communications networks, today announced the sample availability of its PIC-based Multicast Switch for next generation ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer) applications. The Multicast Switch is designed in a dual 8x16 configuration, offering 16 drop and add ports and accommodating up to 8 directions. The capabilities of the NeoPhotonics PIC platform also enable support for architectures requiring 8x12 or 8x24 configurations as well as offering the option of integrated power monitoring for each port.

The NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch is intended to build on current ROADM technology to enable next-generation "colorless, directionless and contentionless", or CDC, networks. For example, in a CDC network, the NeoPhotonics Multicast Switch can be coupled with a Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS), which together are designed to direct any wavelength to any port (colorless), accept input wavelength channels from multiple directions (directionless), and be able to drop two identical wavelengths from different directions through the same switch (contentionless). This switching flexibility is intended to improve the efficiency and flexibility of telecommunications networks while reducing overall deployment costs.

"We are excited to introduce our Multicast Switch and we believe that it can play a critical role in enabling more flexible and efficient ROADM systems," said Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics. "The Multicast Switch is another NeoPhotonics product that takes advantage of our photonic integration technology by integrating more than 200 optical elements, and is made possible by our years of experience developing and producing increasingly complex photonic integrated circuits."

NeoPhotonics is showcasing the Multicast Switch along with the latest PIC technology designed for resolving speed, agility and access / FTTH bottlenecks at the OFC/NFOEC Conference and Exposition at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Booth 2200, March 6 - 8, 2012.

About NeoPhotonics

NeoPhotonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. The company's products enable cost-effective, high-speed data transmission and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks. NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China. NeoPhotonics has been included in the Russell 3000(R) Index since its reconstitution in June 2011. For additional information, visit www.neophotonics.com.

© 2012 NeoPhotonics Corporation. All rights reserved. NeoPhotonics and the red dot logo are trademarks of NeoPhotonics Corporation.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and current expectations. The company's actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: acceptance by customers of multicast switch products or the timing of such acceptance may not be as the company expects; the timing of or costs related to the development and performance and production of multicast switch products may not be as the company expects; the demand for multicast switch products, ROADM systems and CDC networks may be volatile or lower than the company expects and its production capacity may be underutilized; demand for multicast switch products could decrease from the company's expectations due to general conditions in the telecommunications equipment industry or the world economy generally, and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in the company's documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE: NeoPhotonics Corporation

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