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Sep 20, 1999 JDS Uniphase Acquires AFC Technologies


Nepean, Ontario, and San Jose, California, September 20, 1999¾JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU / TSE:JDU). JDS Uniphase announced today the completion of its recent acquisition of AFC Technologies, based in Hull, Quebec and specializing in the development of optical amplifiers and broadband instruments.

The acquisition was made by JDS Uniphase to enhance its existing strength in optical amplifiers and broadband instruments. AFC products include a Double Band Fiber Amplifier (DBFA) and SmartAmp intelligent networking amplifiers for use in Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM). In addition, AFC has developed a line of proprietary Broad Band Source (BBS) instruments designed to minimize component manufacturing cost.

Kevin Kalkhoven, CEO and Co-Chairman for JDS Uniphase stated, "We are very pleased that AFC will be joining the JDS Uniphase family. Their products and technologies will enhance our portfolio and strengthen our foundation for long-term future growth."

Dr. Dan Yang, CEO and Chief Scientist for AFC added, "We are very excited to join JDS Uniphase. We are now better positioned as part of the JDS Uniphase organization to provide our customers with more responsive time-to-market solutions and the product volumes they will need for their system deployments."

AFC Technologies was founded in 1996 and has 12 full-time employees. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

JDS Uniphase is a high technology company that designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of products for the growing fiberoptic communications market. These products are deployed by system manufacturers worldwide to develop advanced optical networks for the telecommunications and cable television industries. JDS Uniphase Corporation is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol JDSU and the exchangeable shares of JDS Uniphase Canada Ltd. are traded on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol JDU. More information on JDS Uniphase is available at www.jdsunph.com.

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Kevin N. Kalkhoven,

Co-Chairman and CEO--(408) 434-1800
Anthony R. Muller, Senior VP and

Chief Financial Officer--(408) 434-1800

Mercuraide Chamber of Commerce Award
May 26, 1999

AFC Technologies Inc. won Mercuraide Chamber of Commerce Award. The award was presented in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


AFC’s SmartAmp™ Products Provide Turn-Key Terabit Solution for Optical Networking
March 5, 1999

Manufacturers of DWDM systems and network elements such as Add/Drop multiplexers, optical cross-connects, switches and routers will see their product development time much shortened while obtaining a terabit bandwidth performance thanks to the new released SmartAmp™ products from AFC Technologies Inc.

After being the first to introduce Double Band Fiber Amplifier (DBFA) which breaks the conventional EDFA bandwidth barrier for DWDM systems by offering a total of 75 nm bandwidth for terabit transmission at OFC’98, AFC Technologies Inc. revealed last week at OFC’99 (San Diego, CA), a series of SmartAmp™ amplifier products for the ever emerging optical networking market.

At the heart of SmartAmp™ product, is AFC’s proprietary and matured DBFA technology, which offers the breakthrough high efficiency amplification doubling the conventional DWDM transmission capacity. DBFA is now equipped with intelligent computerized elements for control and monitoring, to feature fast response for add/drop, active and accurate gain control and high dynamic range for accommodating weak or strong signals from single or hundreds channels.

Optical amplifier is the enabler of DWDM transmission. Although a recent technology, it has become very fast an element that today and tomorrow’s optical networking can not afford to overpass. However, conventional amplifier products used to be a "gain block", operating within 35 nm of Erbium Doped fiber bandwidth, containing especially optical components.

"New generation of optical networks needs optical amplifiers more than just a gain block", according to Dr. Dan Yang, Chief Technology Officer. "Add/drop multiplexers, cross-connects, routers, optical switches, WDM inline repeaters they all need amplification to compensate loss, but this amplification is not more in a fixed environment, which has been the case for single channel SONET/SDH systems," said Dr. Yang.

In a multi-channel transport system, whether the network is configured point-to-point, single or multiple rings, optical signal level may change from a tenth of micro-watt, to several tens of mili-watts, a magnitude of ten thousand times. Channel numbers requiring amplification can vary from one to hundreds. Even direction of signal propagation can switch suddenly 180 degree, to bypass a fiber cut for example. How the amplifier is going to handle thousands of different situations and still keep its optimum performance, such as flat response to all channels, will determine the overall network performance. It’s obvious that just amplification is no more enough. A piece of gain fiber pumped by a laser, this primitive amplifier era is over.

"With SmartAmp™ in hand, network developers will see their design and development time drastically shortened as different situations are already handled by the smart amplifier. At the same time, a doubled operating window is theirs to accommodate hundreds of channels for terabit transmission," Yang added. As networks are becoming more and more complex, how fast system and network element manufacturers can finish their design and put their product in the market, this will determine their position in the optical networking market.



High Dynamic Range Broadband Amplifier Subrack
January 15, 1999

AFC’s DBFA (Double Band Fiber Amplifier) family now comes with unprecedented gain flatness and 10 times better input dynamic range. The SystemReady™ DWDM amplifier subracks provides 0.5 dB flat gain profile for at least 30 nm in the conventional EDFA (1550 nm) and the new EBFA. (1590 nm) wavelength bands. Besides its broad and flat gain, it may come with an integrated AGFC (Automatic Gain Flatness Control) – also an newly developed optoelectronic device - to prevent large gain difference among the channels if the amplifier input level changes, which is exactly the case when DWDM channels are added or dropped. It is developed as a flat gain DWDM amplifier which can accommodate 10 times more (or less) channels to be added (or dropped) without affecting the amplifier output gain profile. Standard fiber amplifiers exhibit large gain tilt and output gain profile changes dramatically when input level is changed.

Packaged in a rugged 19" rack case with standard telecom - 48 V DC power entry, the amplifier subrack is designed for field deployment, allowing local alarm status monitoring and remote control via standard RS-232 communications protocol.



Broadband Source at 1.05 micron
October 26, 1998

The famous BBS broadband source family has a new member - BBS1050, centered around 1050 nm with about 40 nm usuable bandwidth. This is the new source for component testing in the corresponding wavelength range, such as fiber gratings for developing Raman Amplifiers.



Grand Prize for Export
September 20, 1998

AFC Technologies Inc. won Grand Prize for Export, organized by Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology of the province of Quebec, Canada



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