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MEMS Optical Sold to Jenoptik Group

Huntsville, Alabama – January 25, 2006:   JENOPTIK Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH is acquiring 100 percent of U.S. microoptic company MEMS Optical, Inc. The acquisition will enable JENOPTIK Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH to broaden its technical expertise in the development and manufacturing of microoptic
  components and microstructures. Subject to receipt of final regulatory approval, the closing is expected to be completed during the first quarter 2006.

MEMS Optical, Inc. specializes in the integrated development, fabrication, and distribution of high quality microoptic components. MEMS Optical uses Grayscale lithography (a patented process), which enables the manufacturing of any shape in miniaturized form with maximum precision. In addition, MEMS Optical is one of the few companies in the microoptics market to integrate design and manufacture within its own fabrication plant. The acquisition will give Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme a partner of strategic importance in the field of microoptics with international distribution channels in the USA and Japan. The products and technologies of MEMS Optical will provide an optimum fit for Jenoptik’s own technologies. Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme is already a developer and large scale manufacturer of binary optics such as sensor modules, digital filters,
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diffractive optical elements for beam shaping and beam splitting (DOE’s), as well as special gratings. In conjunction with MEMS Optical the Jenoptik subsidiary is now in a position to develop and manufacture even more complex microoptical components and systems that combine refractive and diffractive microoptics (refracting and bending the light waves respectively).

In return, in Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme, MEMS Optical will be getting a partner which has a reputation in and access to the European markets. Moreover, Jenoptik Laser, Optik, Systeme will support MEMS Optical with development and fabrication know-how of Binary Optics of its Microoptics business unit. Combining the best of both companies’ technologies will further strengthen the position of Jenoptik as a leading supplier of microoptic solutions.
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