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To: unclewest who wrote (761)3/16/2001 5:05:17 AM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Unclewest,

Product is in prototype phase. Conceptually a technology leaprfog in speed(up to 2 and 1/2 times faster than the high end physical capabilities of current known modulators) 40 gigahertz at initial start up and can go up to to 100 gigahertz at a Fraction of the cost. The new technology is much simpler to make with higher yields.

The announcement of the product being displayed at the show will be its debut. MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENT!!

This is the first time we have a product - up to now it has been a concept.

This is a MILESTONE !! IMHO

Bob

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To: robert b furman who wrote (762)3/16/2001 9:29:24 AM
From: G_Barr
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I agree Robert that this is exciting news. The CEO said during the last CC that there would be an announcement at OFC and that seems to be the case, although I didn't think KVH was at the point where they had a prototype yet. I guess we'll find out next week.

You have to like the timing of this lightreading article only days before OFC. I usually wouldn't care too much about short term price appreciation in a long term investment like this but KVH needs to raise more money to fund its new ventures so it would nice if some of this exposure moves the share price to a higher trading range so the next private placement is in the mid teens or higher.

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To: unclewest who wrote (761)3/16/2001 1:09:54 PM
From: RobertSheldon
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*does anyone know how competitive kvhi's optical products are to corv, avnx or lumera? (a mvis subdivision)*

You can shove a Powermux (AVNX) in front of the in-fiber modulators and do away with all sorts of "optical chips" (from BKHM, NUFO, and some emerging companies) and increase lambdas while utilizing very high data rates (>200 Gbps - existing materals limit the high end to 40 Gbps). This certainly gets in the way of Gilder's "wide and weak" paradigm. It should be renamed "wide and high" - I have spoken with him about this and they have visited KVHI. (I'm sure this will fly around the net and it will turn into GG wants to put it on his list - that's hooey) As you probably already know, AVNX basically obviates CORV's 160 channels.

Lumera's shortcoming is that they do not have a good path to market. KVHI has its fiber, existing products that will be integrated with the new polymers for greater performance and established relationships.

In short AVNX needs KVHI and AVNX surpasses CORV.

Hope this helps.

The cat is out of the bag.

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To: RobertSheldon who wrote (764)3/16/2001 4:54:46 PM
From: unclewest
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Robert,
thanks for turning on the light for me.
uw

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To: david james who started this subject3/19/2001 7:33:19 AM
From: Roy F
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KVH Introduces Revolutionary ActiveFiber Technology for Optical Networking

Preliminary Specifications Released for Breakthrough 40 Gb/s All-fiber Modulator Built Directly within an Optical Fiber Strand

MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 19, 2001-- Today at the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference in Anaheim, California, KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI - news) unveiled its new ActiveFiber technology, with which the company is creating next-generation optical networking components directly within individual strands of optical fiber. Tests of this new technology indicate that it is capable of providing significant increases in modulation speeds and decreased insertion loss and drive voltage while simultaneously eliminating the need for pigtailing to external planar optical chips. KVH also released the preliminary technical and operational specifications of the first product to be built using this new technology, an all-fiber, 40 gigabits per second modulator for use in high-speed optical networks.

``ActiveFiber technology offers an entirely new platform for manufacturing components for optical networks,'' said Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and CEO of KVH Industries. ``By combining our patented D-shaped fiber with electro-optic polymers, we are building optical components no larger than the width of the fiber itself, creating what we have dubbed `photonic fiber.' This is a revolutionary approach that is based on our proven fiber optic technology, but goes beyond the conventional mindset that planar optic chips are required for component design.''

The concept of ActiveFiber involves replacing a segment of the optical fiber core with a chromophore-doped electro-optic polymer developed by Dr. Larry Dalton, a pioneer in electro-optic polymers and a member of KVH's technical advisory board. The polymer has virtually the same optical characteristics as the core itself, allowing the light to pass from the core to the polymer and back with virtually no loss of light. However, when exposed to voltage from an electrical data source placed in proximity to the fiber, the polymer's refractive index changes, which in turn creates a phase shift in the light beam. This phase shift can correspond to the ones and zeros of digital data, thereby encoding digital data directly onto a beam of light passing through the fiber.

Currently, data is encoded onto light by transferring the light from the fiber to a planar optic chip, where modulation occurs, and then back to the fiber. These conventional systems rely on gluing or ``pigtailing'' chips made of lithium niobate or other materials to individual fiber strands. This is expensive and has high loss in terms of both manufacturing yield and light energy. KVH's ActiveFiber technology eliminates the need to pigtail fibers to chips by bypassing the planar optical chip altogether.

The first product that will be built with photonic fiber will be a 40 Gb/s, all-fiber polarimetric modulator, the preliminary specifications of which were released at OFC. In addition to eliminating the need to pigtail fiber strands to planar optical chips, the photonic fiber modulator exhibits wideband properties with excellent input impedance match for minimal waveform distortion. Since the optical signal never leaves the fiber, the modulator's insertion loss is reduced, permitting either increased span lengths or lower-powered light sources. At the same time, an internal polarizer improves the optical extinction ratio. This radical new approach offers breakthroughs in manufacturability, cost, and speed.

``The faster you can modulate the light, the higher the data capacity you can transmit over the same beam,'' explained Kits van Heyningen. ``Today's modulators top out at 10 Gb/s. We anticipate that our initial modulator will have a speed of at least 40 Gb/s while future KVH photonic fiber modulators, using next-generation polymers, will be able to modulate at speeds in excess of 100 Gb/s.''

``Our ActiveFiber technology will not be limited to modulators, either,'' he continued. ``Future components could include tunable Bragg gratings for optical add-drop multiplexers, low-cost optical switches, and even in-line fiber amplifiers. If successful, these new products will allow us to enter the multibillion-dollar market for optical components.''

Additional details regarding KVH's ActiveFiber technology and the preliminary specifications of the optical modulator are available at www.photonicfiber.com.

With more than 20 years of fiber optic experience and 70+ patents, KVH Industries, Inc. is one of the few companies to make its own fiber as well as manufacture components and systems. Using its E-Core® polarization maintaining fiber, KVH manufactures an array of fiber optic products, including fiber optic gyros, high-voltage current sensors, and optical networking components. KVH is also a leading provider of innovative high-bandwidth mobile satellite communications products and navigation systems. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The actual results realized by the Company could differ materially from the statements made herein. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop and market fiber optic products; lack of reliable vendors, service providers and outside products; unforeseen changes in competing technologies and products; and poor or delayed research and development results. Additional factors are discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 8, 2001. Copies are available through the company's Investor Relations Department or web site.


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Contact:

KVH Industries
Jim Dodez
401-847-3327
jdodez@kvh.com

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To: Roy F who wrote (766)3/19/2001 8:24:29 AM
From: robert b furman
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Good morning Roy,

As usual, you're quicker than a speeding bullet,with this press release.

This is the first time KVHI has entered into an entirely new field with a product that displaces past products with an new upgraded technology.

Faster,better and at a lower price.

This is truly exciting.

Let's hope that order announcements are the next step.Thinking most customers will want to try out the new technology before switching over to "Active Fiber". If it does what they say(and their track record is flawless) it should occur very quickly.

I 'm hoping for an exciting day today.Our little cranker is setting up to be one of the the next bull market's brakeout leaders.

Bob

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To: robert b furman who wrote (767)3/19/2001 8:50:15 AM
From: Roy F
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Hi Bob,

Our little cranker is setting up to be one of the the next bull market's brakeout leaders.

>VBG< The timing may just be right for the next generation, although finding a bottom here has been exasperating. KVHI has held up well throughout the market's repricing exercise.... and, of course, MKVH has once again delivered on a promise.

Consistent, reliable management of this quality is hard to find in a company this size... soon to be larger. There will be a need for more money to take advantage of all they pursue, but dilution should be minimal since it will occur at a considerably higher price.

Regards,

Roy

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To: robert b furman who wrote (767)3/19/2001 8:53:53 AM
From: Roy F
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Here's a different release that contains current sensor mention:

KVH Optical Modulator Draws on Company's 20 Years of Fiber Optic Experience; All-optical, ActiveFiber Modulator Represents Breakthrough in Optical Networking Speed and Construction

March 19, 2001 08:31:00 AM ET


MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 19, 2001--Today at the Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference in Anaheim, California, KVH Industries KVHI revealed the preliminary specifications for the company's new 40 gigabit per second photonic fiber optical modulator. This breakthrough all-optical modulator uses KVH's ActiveFiber technology and is the latest in a series of fiber optic product and technological advances brought forth by the Rhode Island-based optical fiber and systems manufacturer. These new products, including a fiber optic high-voltage current sensor, build on the company's more than 20 years of fiber optic research, development, and manufacturing experience.

KVH formally entered the fiber optic marketplace in 1997 when it purchased Andrew Corporation's fiber optic assets, acquiring a talented and experienced team of optical fiber researchers and a wealth of intellectual property. Since that time, KVH has completed the development of its patented D-fiber and an array of fiber optic products, including E-Core(R) Polarization Maintaining Fiber and the E-Core(TM) line of fiber optic gyros (FOGs), and has successfully brought them to market. With a fully operational, 23,000 foot optical fiber and component manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, IL, the company is well-positioned to play a significant role in the optical fiber market in the coming years.

"We recognized the value fiber optics would have both as components within KVH's satellite communications and navigation products and as standalone products," explained Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH president and CEO. "With more than two decades of experience and in excess of 70 patents, we have proven our ability to develop and bring to market outstanding, high-quality fiber optic systems for a variety of applications. We are one of the few companies that produces both optical fiber and key fiber components, allowing us to have outstanding quality and performance control over our optical fiber and our fiber optic products."

KVH is already using its proprietary FOG technology to enhance the precision and durability of future generations of the company's TracVision(R) satellite television systems as well as the TACNAV(TM) tactical navigation product family. At the same time, the company's fiber optic products are being employed in a variety of applications, including autonomous vehicle navigation, military stabilization, platform stabilization, and simulators.

In addition to the photonic fiber optical modulator presented at OFC, KVH is preparing to market a high-voltage fiber optic current sensor to the electrical power industry. The optical current sensor employs the same proven fiber optic solutions used in the company's FOGs. The sensor measures the phase difference created in optical signals by the current in a high-voltage power line. The resulting current sensor is more accurate, faster, smaller, and more cost-effective, and is an ideal replacement for current transformers. The current sensor has already undergone extensive field testing, and KVH is working with an industry leader to further refine the product and bring it to market in the coming year.

Additional details regarding KVH's ActiveFiber technology and the preliminary specifications of the optical modulator are available at www.photonicfiber.com.

KVH Industries, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative high-bandwidth communications products, navigation systems, and fiber optic products. Using proprietary fiber-optic and satellite antenna technology, the company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

© 2001 BusinessWire


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To: Roy F who wrote (768)3/19/2001 9:00:25 AM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Roy,

Agreed on Martin's quality.

Additional equity will be considered with future private placements.This would result in dilution but I believe it would be the most efficient in terms of cost.

Being as classy a company as they are,it would be neat if they gave current stockholders an opportunity to buck up for the company with an in-house (amongst current stockholders) SPO. It would make for interesting articles in the financial papers.


I was leary about opening up your post - as I was fearing another "fill the gap" analysis.<smile>

Thanks for the post - best of trades to you.


Bob

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To: robert b furman who wrote (770)3/19/2001 9:03:55 AM
From: Roy F
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LOL... that gap may be between my ears. ;-) eom

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