Joyce Kilmer, PhD - Joins Sagitta as Director of Fiber Optic Products

( MARCH 2003 )

HAUPPAUGE, New York, March 10, 2003----------Sagitta Ltd., a leading manufacturer of innovative production solutions for the Fiber Optics industry, announced today that it Dr. Joyce Kilmer joined its management team.

Having both domestic and international involvement with fiber optics for nearly 20 years, Dr. Kilmer has recently joined Sagitta as Director of Fiber Optic Products. In this role he will lead Sagitta's marketing efforts relating to new production equipment for Fiber Optics component manufacturing. After receiving a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Dr Kilmer joined Bellcore (now Telcordia) where he became Director of the Optical Cable, Connectors, and Splicing labs in the late 1980's. Dr. Kilmer supervised technical managers creating generic requirements and conducting product analyses of fiber optic components and systems and actively participated in international standards bodies such as the TIA/EIA, IEC, and ITU. Since 1992, Dr Kilmer has had a variety of experiences in the fiber optic field such as: Director of Applications Engineering at Symmorphix, developing amplified planar integrated photonic chips; Photonic Networking Consultant for Corning Cable Systems; Cofounder of Quantium Optics, a MEMS based fiber optic switch start-up company; Charter member of Lightwave magazine's editorial advisory board; and the exclusive North American Agent for OPTOTEC S.p.A. Dr. Kilmer has over 50 technical publications in the fields of electrical engineering, telecommunications, and fiber optics.

Sagitta introduced its revolutionary Gemini product lines in 2002 representing the industry's first turnkey manufacturing platform that combines polishing, cleaning and inspection on a single tool. All processes are recipe driven with fully automated process flow ensuring superior run to run repeatability. High volume, batch processing coupled with precision control of the polishing process, yields the lowest Cost of Ownership in the industry today. The Gemini Pi and Cx delivers outstanding photonic performance minimizing insertion and return loss values over the complete range of optical components.

Sagitta Ltd. is a technology-based equipment supplier for the fiber optics and semiconductor industries. A core holding of patented technologies in precision automation, machine vision and sub micron polishing has led to the introduction of multiple systems into these 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 headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and a Research & Development center in Israel. Sagitta is a global company with machines installed in Fortune 500 companies.