February 26, 2008

Finisar Leads Industry Development of Next-Generation Fiber Channel With the First Public Demonstration of 17 Gbps VCSEL Technology

Optics Leader Proves the Viability of 16G Fiber Channel Technology

SUNNYVALE, CA, Feb 26, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Continuing to leverage two decades of leadership in the development of core technologies for optical communication networks, Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) today announced several important technology demonstrations at the 2008 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego. Finisar will unveil the first public demonstrations of three products:

--  An 850 nm VCSEL for the emerging 16G Fibre Channel standard,
--  A 200 km 10 Gbps DWDM XFP transceiver module based on Finisar's CML(TM)
    (Chirp Managed Directly Modulated Laser) technology, and
--  A 40km SFP+ transceiver module.


Finisar will demonstrate a complete optical link utilizing a 17 Gbps directly modulated Vertical Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser ( VCSEL) over multimode fiber. This 17 Gbps VCSEL line rate is required to support the 16G Fibre Channel payload, and will enable the next generation of Fiber Channel optical transceivers. Designed upon Finisar's proven keystones for success in the optical market -- high reliability, high performance, and low Total Cost of Ownership -- the 17 Gbps VCSEL establishes the viability of the 16G Fiber Channel standard with multimode optical fiber.

In 1996, Finisar developed the first commercially available 1 Gbps VCSEL, a key component providing the modulated light transmitted over optical fiber cabling. Since then, Finisar has become the largest datacom VCSEL supplier in the world, with over 70 million VCSELs deployed in the field and today continues its commitment to the Fiber Channel industry through the innovation and development of advanced optical technologies.

"There is a significant difference between achieving 17G under controlled laboratory conditions and demonstrating a reliable implementation in a public environment such as OFC," said Joe Young, general manager of optics at Finisar. "This particular demonstration proves the viability of the optical components required to develop the 16G Fiber Channel standard and positions Finisar as a key contributor to the standard's ongoing development."

Finisar also continues to make significant investment in 10 Gbps networks and will demonstrate its latest advancements in several other key technologies, including:

--  The first public demonstration of a fully-MSA compliant 10 Gbps DWDM
    XFP transceiver module based on Finisar's CML(TM) technology.  This CML(TM)
    transceiver offers surprising distance and density for OC-192/STM-64 and 10
    Gigabit Ethernet applications. The transceiver transmits error-free over
    200km of single mode fiber with power consumption under 3.5W, and enables
    50 GHz channel spacing for increased traffic-carrying capacity.

--  An SFP+ transceiver module enabling error-free 10G Ethernet
    transmission over 40km of single mode fiber.  With power consumption well-
    below MSA requirements of 1.5W, this technology enables the highest 10G
    port densities for system vendors who have invested in next-generation SFP+
    platforms and want to extend Ethernet into Metro networks.


Finisar is also exhibiting a wide range of advanced networking solutions, including Laserwire(TM), the first 10 Gbps serial active optical cable for low-cost, high speed serial connectivity. Laserwire(TM) is a low-power alternative to copper cabling which consumes nearly 95% less power compared with 10GBase-T solutions. In addition, Finisar will demonstrate Advanced Bit Error Rate Testing (BERT) technology for 40G/43G SONET/SDH/OTU3 applications built on its industry-leading Xgig(R) test and analysis platform.

Demonstrations are on display at Finisar's booth #1521. For more information about these specific technologies, visit www.finisar.com or contact a Finisar Solution Expert at 1.408.548.1000 or sales@finisar.com.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a technology leader for fiber optic components and subsystems and network test and monitoring systems. These products enable high-speed data communications for networking and storage applications over Ethernet Local Area Networks (LANs), Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks (SANs), and Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) using Fibre Channel, IP, SAS, SATA and SONET/SDH protocols. The Company's headquarters is in Sunnyvale, California, USA.

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The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding Finisar's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Finisar as of the date hereof, and Finisar assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include those associated with the rapidly evolving markets for Finisar's products and uncertainty regarding the development of these markets; Finisar's historical dependence on sales to a limited number of customers and fluctuations in the mix of customers in any period; ongoing new product development and introduction of new and enhanced products; the challenges of rapid growth followed by periods of contraction; and intensive competition. Further information regarding these and other risks relating to Finisar's business is set forth in Finisar's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other interim reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Victoria McDonald
Finisar Corporation
(408) 542-4261
victoria.mcdonald@finisar.com


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