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JDSU and Amada Announce Plans to Develop Second Generation Kilowatt Fiber Lasers

Date Announced: 29 Mar 2011

Collaboration Is the Focus of New "JDSU From a Different View" Campaign.

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - 03/29/11) - JDSU (NASDAQ:JDSU - News) (TSX:JDU - News) and Amada, a leading manufacturer of machine tools for metal fabrication, today announced plans to jointly develop a second generation suite of kilowatt class fiber lasers with up to 4 kilowatt output power. The lasers will be used in the Amada high-powered laser material processing system.

JDSU's collaboration with Amada builds on the companies' partnership for the first generation laser, which is currently being launched. Focused on improved cost, reduced size and enhanced beam quality, this next generation kilowatt fiber laser will enable Amada to further proliferate the technology into the materials processing market.

The partnership is also the focus of a new "JDSU from a Different View" campaign on JDSU.tv, which includes demonstrations of the laser and comments from the chief executives of JDSU and Amada addressing market growth trends of fiber laser cutting technologies.

"Our relationship with Amada is an excellent example of collaborative innovation, which is the driving principle behind JDSU's interactions with our partners, customers and suppliers," said Tom Waechter, president and CEO, JDSU. "We are proud to partner with Amada to bring such an innovative, high-powered and energy-efficient product to market."

"By combining our history of manufacturing laser cutting systems with JDSU's depth of expertise in fiber optic technology, we believe that we can provide a world-class laser system to our global customers," said Mitsuo Okamoto, president and CEO, Amada.

Amada integrated JDSU's fiber optic technology into its sheet metal cutting system, which provides the fastest linear cutting speed available worldwide. The laser has the power to efficiently cut through highly reflective metals such as titanium, brass and cooper, and offers the flexibility required to cut different and very precise shapes by simply changing the system's settings. Metal processing is one of the largest markets for lasers, with fiber lasers gaining traction in recent years. Industry analyst firm Strategies Unlimited estimates that the laser market for kilowatt materials processing will grow to more than $1 billion by 2013.

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