EMCORE Commences Volume Production of micro-ITLA Tunable Laser for 40/100/400 Gigabit Coherent Applications

EMCORE Commences Volume Production of micro-ITLA Tunable Laser for 40/100/400
Gigabit Coherent Applications

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EMCORE Corporation
(Nasdaq:EMKR), a leading provider of compound semiconductor-based components
and subsystems for the fiber optics and solar power markets, announced today
that it has commenced volume production of its micro-ITLA (micro-Integrable
Tunable Laser Assembly) and is ramping output to meet demand.

The EMCORE micro-ITLA has already been designed into several key customer
platforms and is currently operating in multiple field trials. To date, more
than 400 samples have been shipped and customer feedback has been very
positive.

"We are extremely pleased that the micro-ITLA has been designed into several
key customer platforms since we began sampling customers with the product in
2012," commented Christopher Larocca, Chief Operating Officer for EMCORE. "By
leveraging our leading-edge ITLA technology and in-house semiconductor design
and manufacturing expertise, the micro-ITLA provides customers with a
highly-differentiated tunable laser solution for demanding high-performance
telecom applications."

The micro-ITLA is based on EMCORE's Clearlight External Cavity Laser (ECL)
technology.EMCORE's ECL is the most widely-deployed tunable laser source for
high-speed 40 and 100 gigabit per second coherent systems due to its
ultra-narrow linewidth, low noise and superior frequency accuracy. The
micro-ITLA integrates this proprietary ECL technology into a miniaturized
form-factor that is three times smaller and consumes over one watt less power
than previous generation ITLA's.The micro-ITLA allows tuning to any grid and
frequency and has a 15 dBm high-output power option, plus advanced features
including in-operation frequency fine tune of ±6 GHz, and in-operation power
adjust of 6 dB.The micro-ITLA is fully compliant with the OIF (Optical
Internetworking Forum) Implementation Agreement (IA) and allows full control
and monitoring.

"Leveraging the benefits of EMCORE's industry-leading ITLA in an ultra-small
form-factor represents a dramatic next step in tunable laser technology," said
Jaime Reloj, Vice President of Business Development for EMCORE."The smaller
form-factor and reduced power consumption enables our customers to design
higher densities, at lower cost with improved performance into their 40, 100
and 400 gigabit coherent systems."

The EMCORE micro-ITLA is fully C-Band tunable and EMCORE plans to make
available L-Band tunability in the same form-factor later in 2013.Other
advanced features such as ultra-low power dissipation options and ultra-high
output power will become available in the same time frame.

EMCORE will be exhibiting and meeting with customers and industry analysts at
the 2013 Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition at the Anaheim
Convention Center, March 19-21, in booth #3411.

About EMCORE

EMCORE Corporation offers a broad portfolio of compound semiconductor-based
products for the fiber optics and solar power markets.EMCORE's Fiber Optics
business segment provides optical components, subsystems and systems for
high-speed telecommunications, Cable Television (CATV) and
Fiber-To-The-Premise (FTTP) networks, as well as products for satellite
communications, video transport and specialty photonics technologies for
defense and homeland security applications.EMCORE's Solar Photovoltaics
business segment provides products for space power applications including
high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells, Coverglass Interconnected Cells
(CICs) and complete satellite solar panels.For further information about
EMCORE, visit http://www.emcore.com.

Forward-looking statements:

The information provided herein may include forward-looking statements within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.Such statements include
statements regarding EMCORE's expectations, goals or intentions, including,
but not limited to, financial performance, production schedules, expected
customer sales, product features and their benefits, product quality and
product performance.These forward-looking statements are based on
management's current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about
EMCORE and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results and events to differ materially from those stated in the
forward-looking statements.Risks and uncertainties that could cause EMCORE's
actual results to differ from those set forth in any forward-looking statement
are discussed in more detail in EMCORE's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov,
including under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and
Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."Forward-looking
statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date
hereof, and EMCORE undertakes no obligation to update or revise the
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

CONTACT: EMCORE Corporation
         Jaime Reloj
         Vice President, Business Development
         (510) 896-2126
         jaime_reloj@emcore.com
        
         Investor
         TTC Group
         Victor Allgeier
         (646) 290-6400
         vic@ttcominc.com
 
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