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Thorlabs Announces Strategic Alignment With National Instruments

Newton, NJ, May 21, 2002 Thorlabs Inc., a leading manufacturer of innovative photonics products, has recently undertaken a strategic partnership with National Instruments that will integrate a wide variety of OE components using National Instruments platforms.

Thorlabs' new 8-channel power meter can be directly connected to a National Instruments interface using LabWindows or LabView, or the unit can operate stand-alone. Thorlabs will shortly be introducing a SCXI chassis based system, as well as an SCXI ASE broadband light source covering the 1520nm to 1640nm, and a series of SXCI optical switches.

Alex Cable, Founder and President of Thorlabs, Inc., and Dr. Bruno Gross, a former consultant with McKinsey and Company, joined the Menlo team as of December 21, 2001. Mr. Cable will serve as a Board Member and brings extensive business-building expertise to the team. Mr. Gross will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer.

TTrends in the Opto-Electronic component automation platform show movement toward leveled programs that give flexibility, scalability, and integration in Opto-Electronic components. The Opto-Electronic component market and long-term growth is expected to be greater than 30% per year.

Ludwig Eichner, Senior Engineer at Thorlabs, said, "Our expertise in bringing products from concept to market in a rapid turn-around time is a crucial requirement in this field." Eichner went on to say that this rapid turn-around will reduce component assembly and bench tests, which remain the largest cost. Dr. Eichner added, "The push to drive R&D innovations into production and yet have a changing mechanism to diverge as the market changes are Thorlabs' strong points."

About Thorlabs Inc.:
Thorlabs, Inc. specializes in the building blocks for laser and fiber optic systems. From opto-mechanical components to telecom test instrumentation, Thorlabs' extensive manufacturing capabilities produce high-quality, well-priced components and devices for next-day delivery. Founded in 1989, the company remains a leader in the development and creation of advanced optical products for the commercial and research marketplaces. The company is headquartered in Newton, New Jersey, and has offices in Grünberg, Germany.

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