Sagitta Debuts World's First Commercially Available Non-Contact Laser-Based Fiber Optic Connector Cleaver

Cleaver developed with technology licensed from Corning Cable Systems

HAUPPAUGE, New York, February 23, 2005

Sagitta, an innovative provider of automated processing solutions for the fiber optics industry, will debut the COMET™, the world's first non-contact laser-based cleaver dedicated to automated cleaving of fiber optic connectors, at OFC in Anaheim, CA, March 8-10, 2005.

This is the first commercially available product born from the agreement between Sagitta and Corning Cable Systems announced last year. This novel technology, developed by Corning Cable Systems and exclusively licensed by Sagitta, encompasses the most advanced and time-proven connector processing utilized in the industry today.

A key embodiment within the COMET™ is Sagitta's core expertise in machine vision, optical and laser processing, and adaptive process control. The COMETTM will augment Sagitta's existing Gemini-Cx processing cell, which integrates polishing, cleaning, and inspection in a single manufacturing platform for the low-cost production of simplex and multifiber optical connectors.

"During the termination process, connectors must be cleaved before they can be polished. We are confident that laser cleaving will increase production yield and connector performance" said Duane Dinkel, President, Sagitta Inc. He added, "Sagitta has successfully packaged Corning Cable Systems' innovative technology into a processing tool that will revolutionize every connector cell around the world, enabling cost-effective manufacturing. This technology will be particularly enabling for emerging mass market applications such as the FTTP initiative."

Otto Szentesi, senior vice president of Hardware and Equipment at Corning Cable Systems, commented, "Laser cleaving has been effectively proven and qualified as more reliable than mechanical connector cleaving. We have been using our patented laser cleaving process for many years and have shipped millions of connectors worldwide. We believe Sagitta's latest product offering utilizing this technology will be well received in today's market."

About Corning Cable Systems

Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's telecommunications segment, is an industry-leading manufacturer of fiber optic and copper communications network infrastructure solutions. For additional information on Corning Cable Systems products or services, call (+1) 828-901-5000, international, (52) 55 5545-7460 in Mexico, or visit the Web site at www.corning.com/cablesystems.

Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is a diversified technology company that concentrates its efforts on high-impact growth opportunities. Corning combines its expertise in specialty glass, ceramic materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, with strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop, engineer and commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat panel display, environmental, semiconductor, and life sciences industries.

About Sagitta

Sagitta was founded in 1997 and provides advanced, high-productivity manufacturing equipment solutions to the global fiber optics and semiconductor industries. The company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and maintains an engineering and manufacturing center in Kfar Saba, Israel. A core holding of patented technologies in precision automation, machine vision and sub micron polishing has led to the introduction of multiple systems into the aforementioned markets. Specific introductions include several integrated automated polishing and inspection systems for high-value fiber optic components. Already a leader in failure analysis equipment for the semiconductor and media fields, Sagitta provides an award-winning suite of sample preparation tools used for cross sectional, SEM or TEM semiconductor inspection. Sagitta is a global company with machines installed in Fortune 500 companies. For more information on Sagitta and our products please visit the company's website at
www.sagitta.com or send your inquiries to info@sagitta.com or call 631-952-9440.