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Creo Products Demonstrates Optical Cross Connect Technology

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VANCOUVER, June 18 - Creo Products Inc. will demonstrate optical cross connect technology at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, July 9-11, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Creo, the world leader in laser imaging systems for the graphic arts industry, will reveal the application of its precision opto-mechanical systems to all-optical switching. This non-MEMs-based technology will enable optical cross connects up to a size of 4000 X 4000 ports. Creo uses a modular design that allows for a scalable architecture within this range. Optical cross connects are telecommunications devices that switch optical signals between different optical fibers. "Part of Creo's strategy is to investigate new markets where we can apply our core competencies,'' says Doug Richardson, Director of Technology, Creo Products Inc. "These are essentially the same technologies which have been proven in our laser imaging products. Our understanding of precision opto- mechanical systems is a key advantage.'' Creo has demonstrated manufacturing capability in highly reliable opto-mechanical and electro-optical systems with manufacturing plants in three countries. Revenue for the most recent quarter ending March 31, 2001 was US$172.9 million. Creo's modular system will be demonstrated in a 32 X 32 optical cross connect, a partially populated 1000 X 1000 switch fabric, and in a 4000 X 4000 technology exhibit. Creo is exhibiting at booth No. 126 of the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference, one of the largest gatherings of fiber optic professionals in the world.