EMCORE Launches Industry's First openGear(R) IF- and L-Band Fiber Optic Cards for Headend RF Signal Distribution and

EMCORE Launches Industry's First openGear(R) IF- and L-Band Fiber Optic Cards
for Headend RF Signal Distribution and Interfacility Links

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 19, 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, today announced
the launch of the industry's first high-performance openGear^® Wideband
Optical Links for IF, L and wideband RF signal distribution and interfacility
links. These new EMCORE OPG-1L series transmitters and receivers will provide
transparent signal transport between broadcast or cable network antenna
facilities and control room terminal equipment.

openGear is designed to offer a flexible and advanced terminal equipment
solution that provides customers with the opportunity to select equipment
without the requirement, or investment in multiple frame standards. The EMCORE
OPG-1L series is designed to be fully compatible with the openGear standard
for broadcast terminal equipment and cable headend applications.

The OPG-1L openGear Wideband Optical Links operate in a frequency range from
50 MHz to 3000 MHz and are optimized for IF- and L-Band and wideband video
signals up to 60 km. They are designed with highly-linear, optically-isolated
Distributed Feedback (DFB) lasers that enable high-dynamic range links. The
transmitter and receiver both have an adjustable gain range of 25 dB.
Connectivity is provided through Blind Mate 50 and 75 Ohm RF and LC-APC
optical connectors in the openGear mid-plane. The user RF and fiber interfaces
are connected to the rear of the openGear chassis allowing them to be
installed and terminated, eliminating the need to revise the rack cabling for
expansion. The OPG-1L is LNB power capable, CE and CSA certified, and ROHS
compliant.

"The combination of EMCORE's family of openGear and Optiva Platform enclosures
integrated with RF, video, audio and data modules, enables a versatile,
interoperable platform for signal distribution and control room to antenna
integration," said Henok Tafese, Senior Director of Business Development for
EMCORE. "These new openGear optical transmitters and receivers incorporate the
highly-linear performance of EMCORE's DFB laser technology in a compact
package compatible with openGear standards, so customers will be able to
deploy proven technologies in a standardized open platform approach."

Additional unique features of the OPG-1L series include simple push-button
peaking for optimum performance and EMCORE's patented SmartGain Control
system, which ensures consistent RF performance over varied signal conditions
and long fiber distances. The OPG-1L modules can also be easily integrated
with EMCORE's family of openGear compatible OPG-2HDP High-Definition SDI video
cards, as well as other openGear application cards to support multiple format
and frequency transport in a single flexible platform.

For more information on the OPG-1L openGear Wideband Optical Links, please
visit http://www.emcore.com/opg-1l-opengear-wideband-optical-links

EMCORE will preview the new OPG-1L series at the following industry events:

  *Satellite 2013, March 19-21 in booth #6089 at the Walter E. Washington
    Convention Center, Washington, DC
  *CCBN 2013, March 21-23 in BUBT-GUOAN booth #1A 401 at the China
    International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China

openGear is a registered trademark of Ross Video Ltd.

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
         Frank Weiss
         Vice President, Advanced Systems
         (215) 259-2400
         frank_weiss@emcore.com
        
         Investor
         TTC Group
         Victor Allgeier
         (646) 290-6400
         vic@ttcominc.com
 
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