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Albis releases photodiodes with integrated optical bandpass filters for FTTx applications

Zurich, Switzerland, January 7th 2008 – Albis Optoelectronics AG, a subsidiary of the Canadian Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSXV: ENA) and the leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative photodiodes for analog and digital applications, today announced it started shipping photodiodes having an integrated optical bandpass filter.

Fiber-To-The-Home transceivers typically utilize WDM glass filters to avoid optical crosstalk between the different optical channels. Photodiodes with a build-in optical filter can eliminate the need for external filters thus reducing component count as well as assembly cost. Even if optical designers prefer to continue using external WDM filters, a filtered photodiode will bring down residual optical crosstalk and improve module sensitivity.
The optical bandpass filter is designed for FTTx channels at 1490 nm and offers a typical attenuation of 25 dB for signals at 1555 nm. A photodiode with such an integrated bandpass filter detects the digital downstream signal without distortion by the analog signal traveling in the same direction. “Photodiodes with a build in attenuation of 25 dB between 1490 and 1555 nm are yet another technology breakthrough offered by Albis. This innovation at the optical component level opens the door for novel FTTx transceiver designs and helps to meet the aggressive price targets for ONU modules” states Peter Cairoli, President & Managing Director of Albis Optoelectronics AG.

The family of filtered photodiodes now includes integrated short-, long- and bandpass filters, available in large volumes on the PDCS85F and PDCS120F photodiode platforms. Production is ongoing and first shipments are already underway. The filtered photodiodes will be displayed at the FOE exhibition in Tokyo (January 16 – 18, booth# 2-44) as well as OFC in San Diego (February 26 – 28, booth# 3817).

About Albis Optoelectronics

Albis Optoelectronics is a ISO9001:2000 certified designer, developer and manufacturer of high-speed single channel and array photodiode chips for fiber optic datacom and telecom applications. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSXV: ENA) and offers a diversified product portfolio designed to support 2.5, 4, 10 and 40 Gb/s communication links as well as analog microwave applications. The Zurich based fabrication facilities offer full inhouse production from front-end to back-end and includes a class 100 clean room and extensive test and qualification laboratories.
For further information visit www.albisopto.com.

Enablence Technologies Inc.

Enablence products are used in optical modems that are located inside the consumer’s homes (i.e. for the delivery of high speed data/voice/video). Enablence designs and manufactures optical components, in particular triplexers and diplexers, using its proprietary Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) “Dispersion Bridge” platform, for the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) market. These devices are filters that are embedded on a chip that are capable of processing optical signals at a low cost.

For further information contact:

Technical contact: Albis Optoelectronics AG
Vincent Grundlehner, VP Sales & Marketing
Phone: +41 (43) 388 0610
Mail: info.@albisopto.com

Investors and Business contact: Enablence Technologies Inc.
Arvind Chhatbar, Chief Executive Officer Enablence Technologies Inc.
Phone: +1 (613) 270-7859

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