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September 21, 2009 at 5:00 AM EDT

Finisar First to Demonstrate 40 Gigabit Ethernet LR4 CFP Transceiver Over 10 km of Optical Fiber at ECOC

SUNNYVALE, CA and VIENNA, AUSTRIA, Sep 21, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- (ECOC) -- Dedicated to delivering the innovation that drives optical communication networks, Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) today announced that it will demonstrate several new technologies and products at ECOC. These demonstrations include an operational 40 Gigabit Ethernet LR4 CFP optical transceiver transmitting data over 10 km of optical fiber. Another demonstration shows the interoperability of 10 Gb/s CML(TM)-based XFP with EML-based XFP transceivers. In addition, Finisar will debut its Edge Wavelength Processor (EWP) 1x2 Wavelength Selective Switch and WaveShaper S-Series programmable processors. With these demonstrations, Finisar continues to lead the optics industry by providing high-performance and reliable products for datacom and telecom applications. Demonstrations will take place in Finisar's booth #640 at ECOC, the European Conference on Optical Communications, taking place in Vienna, September 21-23, 2009.

40GE CFP Optical Transceiver

Highlighting Finisar's presence at ECOC will be the world's first public demonstration of an operational 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GE) module in the new pluggable CFP form factor. The demonstration will consist of a working prototype of a 40GE LR4 CFP optical transceiver module, transmitting Ethernet traffic error-free over 10 km of single mode fiber. Finisar's 40GE LR4 complies with the 40GBASE-LR4 optical interface as defined in the IEEE P802.3ba standard, internally multiplexing four CWDM wavelengths running at 10.3 Gb/s each. The CFP form factor is essential for next-generation Ethernet networks as it is currently the only pluggable form factor capable of supporting this interface for various datacom and telecom applications, including enterprise switches, router to transport links, and test equipment connectivity. The CFP module will be demonstrated using EXFO's FTB-85100G 40G/100G Ethernet Tester. In addition, EXFO will also demonstrate this tester at their booth using Finisar's SR4 version of the 40 GE CFP modules. Visit EXFO booth #711 for more information.

10 Gb/s CML(TM)-based XFP Transceiver

Finisar will also be demonstrating full interoperability between 10 Gb/s CML(TM)-based DWDM XFPs and EML-based DWDM XFPs over 100 km of optical fiber. Compared to EML solutions, CML(TM) XFPs offer improved OSNR performance and a broader dispersion tolerance range of up to +3200ps/nm without the use of dispersion compensation modules. These transceivers have an inherently high SBS (stimulated Brillouin scattering) threshold and support 50 GHz spacing for both ITU C-band and L-band channel plans. CML(TM) XFP's are capable of supporting narrow-tunability to reduce supply chain complexity. Finisar will begin production of CML(TM)-based DWDM XFPs by the end of 2009.

Edge Wavelength Processors (EWP) and WaveShaper S-Series Optical Instrumentation

Finisar will showcase two new optical devices based on its innovative Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology. Attendees will be able to see how the full-featured Edge Wavelength Processor 1x2 Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) provides the same flexible programmability and reliability as Finisar's existing Dynamic Wavelength Processors (DWP). Its small size and low power consumption make it ideal for applications at the network edge.

Also on display will be Finisar's WaveShaper S-Series of Fully Programmable Optical Processors for optical R&D and production test of 40 and 100 Gbps systems. The WaveShaper's unique ability to generate arbitrary filter transfer functions through control of both amplitude and phase characteristics makes it ideal for system and component testing, optical pulse shaping and control, and researching high-speed optical technologies.

"Our focus on developing key technologies, such as our CML(TM) and patented LCoS optical engine, enables Finisar to bring to market innovative products that increase performance, ensure reliability, and enable altogether new applications," said Rafik Ward, Vice President of Marketing at Finisar. "Combined with our high volume manufacturing capabilities, this means that we can bring new technologies to market wrapped in an attractive value proposition."

Finisar will also have on display equipment from its wide portfolio of optical products, including its latest transceivers/transponders, WSS ROADMs, advanced optical components, passive devices and active optical cables.

About Finisar

Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology leader for fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit www.finisar.com.

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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. 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. Examples of such risks include those associated with: the uncertainty of customer demand for Finisar's products; 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 products and 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. Additional risks include the potential impact of pending civil litigation arising from the investigation of Finisar's historical option granting practices. Further information regarding these and other risks relating to Finisar's business is set forth in Finisar's annual report on Form 10-K (filed July 9, 2009).

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


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