Firecomms Secures U.S. Patent for OptoLock® 

logoCork, Ireland?July 30, 2009?Firecomms Ltd., a leading developer of high speed Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) transceivers and Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs), today announces that it has received notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a patent has been granted for Firecomms’ OptoLock Plastic Optical Fiber Transceiver.

OptoLock, a widely deployed plugless interface for Plastic Optical Fiber, enables a simple to use Fiber Optic link in consumer applications. Ideal for 100 Mb Ethernet applications with stringent quality of service requirements such as IPTV gateways, Set-Top Boxes, and Residential Gateway, OptoLock significantly quickens and simplifies the connection of devices in communications and infotainment networks. The innovative design of OptoLock enables the fiber to be cut and terminated to the exact required length on site, allowing even the most novice consumer to quickly and easily terminate bare optical fiber.

"Not only does this patent attest to the innovation of the design team at Firecomms, it positions this inventive product for even faster growth,” says Declan O’Mahoney, CEO of Firecomms. “As Firecomms has licensed OptoLock technology to several major partners, the patent will assist our partners in protecting their investments in OptoLock-based products." Firecomms leads the development of devices to drive POF, a low-cost optical alternative to copper cabling. Due to its ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs, POF is enjoying significant growth in a wide range of applications. Created for consumer, industrial, and automotive applications in which plastic fiber can be used more easilyand at lower cost than copper or glass fiber, POF is now used in millions of small area networks, such as those in use in many carmodels, and is rapidly gaining ground in home network and point-to-point interconnection. According to market research by Information Gatekeepers, the POF market is estimated to be worth over $1 billion per year by the end of 2009.

About Firecomms Ltd.

Firecomms, a semiconductor company, develops high?speed optical components that drive IPTV home networks and in?car multimedia entertainment systems. The company’s revolutionary OptoLock technology, licensed worldwide, has created the ability to bring fiber into every home in the world.

Firecomms is headquartered in Cork, Ireland and has facilities in Japan and the USA. Additional information about the company can be found on its web site at OptoLock is a registered trademark of Firecomms Ltd.

Further Information:
Rene Williams
Firecomms Ltd.
Tel. 949.360.7770

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