Blue Sky Research Ramps Up for Volume Manufacturing of Optical Telecommunications Components

Applying Proven High-Volume Manufacturing Processes to Produce Low-Cost, High

Performance Network Components



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Blue Sky Research

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Sky Research, a privately
 held developer and manufacturer of high-performance, cost-effective optical
 network components, today announced that it is deploying high volume
 manufacturing capability for optical telecommunications components through
 Blue Sky Systems, its Singapore-based subsidiary.  This announcement follows
 the recent release of the Company's new line of telecom components that
 includes EDFA Pump modules, Programmable ITU Lasers, Optical Cross Connect
 Switches, and Free-Space Laser Sources.  Addressing the large-scale network
 deployment where cost is a driving consideration, these components
 specifically emphasize price/performance.
     "Quality, manufacturability and cost all start from design," said Daniel
 C. Hu, CEO of Blue Sky Research.  "From the beginning, you must design with
 your upstream and downstream suppliers and continue to support the effort with
 intensive engineering.  The job is not done by just setting expectations and
 continuously squeezing your vendors.  We borrowed our high-volume, low-cost
 data storage and semiconductor Asia manufacturing experience and applied it to
 presently rudimentary, high-cost optical network components.  Blue Sky
 Research's goal is to become the price-performance leader in the optical
 network components market."
     "Having had much technical production experience in East Asia, and
 particularly Singapore, I am quite enthusiastic about Blue Sky Research's
 plans for that part of the world," said Al Shugart, Chairman of Blue Sky
 Research.
     Many of the optical technologies in the news today exist only in the
 laboratory as prototypes or pre-production versions.  Just as important as the
 fundamental optical technology underlying these devices is the development of
 low-cost manufacturing and assembly systems required for delivering the
 hardware to the market cost-effectively.  Blue Sky has extensive experience
 with foundry-based production in Asia and has developed cost-effective
 processes for electro-optical component and subassembly manufacturing.  The
 Company also has established strategic relationships with high-volume diode
 and chip suppliers.  That technology and those relationships are now being
 actively applied to the production of the Company's telecommunications
 components.  Blue Sky Systems, Blue Sky Research's wholly owned Singapore-
 based subsidiary, establishes an Asian base and will lead volume production.
 Blue Sky Systems is the Company's engineering and operations center for
 transfer to component production, while front-end research and development
 continues to be conducted at Blue Sky Research in San Jose, California.
     "Optical components are the building blocks in the optical network," said
 Peter Chen, senior analyst at Ryan, Hankin, Kent, Inc. (RHK).  "While the
 industry continues its push for newer and better technology, the manufacturing
 process also drives the commercialization of those new technologies.  Lower
 cost components will help in speeding up the deployment of optical network and
 benefit users with more bandwidth at lower cost."
     Blue Sky Research is scheduled to deliver production quantities of the
 EDFA Pump modules and Optical Cross-Connect Switches in Q4.  These are only
 the first of the Company's line of telecommunications components, and will be
 followed by Programmable Lasers in Q1-02.
 
     About Blue Sky Research
     Blue Sky Research, headquartered in San Jose, California, is an innovative
 optical network components company that develops and manufactures key products
 essential for the deployment of optical communications networks.  The Company
 has a series of products including EDFA Pump modules, Optical Cross Connect
 Switches, Programmable ITU Lasers, and Free-Space Laser Sources scheduled for
 release in 2001/2002.  The company's patented technologies form a solid base
 for significant product price/performance advantages in telecommunications and
 other electro-optics applications.  Since entering commerce in 1995, Blue Sky
 Research has been building upon its proprietary technologies and volume
 manufacturing expertise.  The company has experienced continuous expansion
 and, in year 2000, opened a wholly owned Singapore subsidiary, Blue Sky
 Systems.  More information about Blue Sky Research can be found on the World
 Wide Web at www.blueskyresearch.com.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Sky Research, a privately
 held developer and manufacturer of high-performance, cost-effective optical
 network components, today announced that it is deploying high volume
 manufacturing capability for optical telecommunications components through
 Blue Sky Systems, its Singapore-based subsidiary.  This announcement follows
 the recent release of the Company's new line of telecom components that
 includes EDFA Pump modules, Programmable ITU Lasers, Optical Cross Connect
 Switches, and Free-Space Laser Sources.  Addressing the large-scale network
 deployment where cost is a driving consideration, these components
 specifically emphasize price/performance.
     "Quality, manufacturability and cost all start from design," said Daniel
 C. Hu, CEO of Blue Sky Research.  "From the beginning, you must design with
 your upstream and downstream suppliers and continue to support the effort with
 intensive engineering.  The job is not done by just setting expectations and
 continuously squeezing your vendors.  We borrowed our high-volume, low-cost
 data storage and semiconductor Asia manufacturing experience and applied it to
 presently rudimentary, high-cost optical network components.  Blue Sky
 Research's goal is to become the price-performance leader in the optical
 network components market."
     "Having had much technical production experience in East Asia, and
 particularly Singapore, I am quite enthusiastic about Blue Sky Research's
 plans for that part of the world," said Al Shugart, Chairman of Blue Sky
 Research.
     Many of the optical technologies in the news today exist only in the
 laboratory as prototypes or pre-production versions.  Just as important as the
 fundamental optical technology underlying these devices is the development of
 low-cost manufacturing and assembly systems required for delivering the
 hardware to the market cost-effectively.  Blue Sky has extensive experience
 with foundry-based production in Asia and has developed cost-effective
 processes for electro-optical component and subassembly manufacturing.  The
 Company also has established strategic relationships with high-volume diode
 and chip suppliers.  That technology and those relationships are now being
 actively applied to the production of the Company's telecommunications
 components.  Blue Sky Systems, Blue Sky Research's wholly owned Singapore-
 based subsidiary, establishes an Asian base and will lead volume production.
 Blue Sky Systems is the Company's engineering and operations center for
 transfer to component production, while front-end research and development
 continues to be conducted at Blue Sky Research in San Jose, California.
     "Optical components are the building blocks in the optical network," said
 Peter Chen, senior analyst at Ryan, Hankin, Kent, Inc. (RHK).  "While the
 industry continues its push for newer and better technology, the manufacturing
 process also drives the commercialization of those new technologies.  Lower
 cost components will help in speeding up the deployment of optical network and
 benefit users with more bandwidth at lower cost."
     Blue Sky Research is scheduled to deliver production quantities of the
 EDFA Pump modules and Optical Cross-Connect Switches in Q4.  These are only
 the first of the Company's line of telecommunications components, and will be
 followed by Programmable Lasers in Q1-02.
 
     About Blue Sky Research
     Blue Sky Research, headquartered in San Jose, California, is an innovative
 optical network components company that develops and manufactures key products
 essential for the deployment of optical communications networks.  The Company
 has a series of products including EDFA Pump modules, Optical Cross Connect
 Switches, Programmable ITU Lasers, and Free-Space Laser Sources scheduled for
 release in 2001/2002.  The company's patented technologies form a solid base
 for significant product price/performance advantages in telecommunications and
 other electro-optics applications.  Since entering commerce in 1995, Blue Sky
 Research has been building upon its proprietary technologies and volume
 manufacturing expertise.  The company has experienced continuous expansion
 and, in year 2000, opened a wholly owned Singapore subsidiary, Blue Sky
 Systems.  More information about Blue Sky Research can be found on the World
 Wide Web at www.blueskyresearch.com.
 
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