Table: Seeing the Light

Since 1996, venture funding in photonics has jumped 100-fold, to $6.4 billion. Some of the hot startups and their products:

AGILITY COMMUNICATIONS

"Tunable" lasers that produce various colors

CALIENT NETWORKS

All-optical switch with huge capacity

INARA NETWORKS

All-optical switch for multimedia signals

LIGHTWAVE MICROSYSTEMS

Laser waveguides and plastic optochips

NEW FOCUS

High-power tunable lasers

OPTICAL MICRO-MACHINES

All-optical optochip switches

Data: VentureOne, Lightreading.com, Morgenthaler Ventures

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