Sagitta Partners with Fiber Optic Center for the Product Launch and Distribution of the New Comet™ Laser Cleaving System for Optical Connectors

(JULY 2005)

HAUPPAUGE, New York, July 7, 2005

Sagitta, the leading-edge fiber optic process equipment supplier for fiber optic components and connectors, announces a strategic distribution agreement with Fiber Optic Center (FOC). Effective immediately, FOC will become the distributor in Canada, US, and Mexico for Sagitta's new Comet™ laser cleaving system for optical connectors.

The Comet™ is the first commercially available product born from the agreement between Sagitta and Corning Cable Systems announced last year. This novel technology, developed by Corning Cable Systems and exclusively licensed by Sagitta, encompasses the most advanced and time-proven connector processing utilized in the industry today.

Neal Weiss, President of FOC, says, "Our cable assembly manufacturing customers, for communications and other areas like laser delivery, expect us to provide them with the newest tools and supplies they need to stay ahead of competition and to produce the best assemblies in the most cost effective manner. Sagitta's Comet™ laser cleaving system is exactly the kind of equipment that our customers are demanding: an economical alternative to hand processes, one which improves yield, and avoids dependence on the skills and consistency of an operator."

"FOC has proven themselves as a leader in fiber optic consumables and equipment distribution. With an experienced and knowledgeable staff, coupled with their extensive network base within North America, FOC is clearly the logical channel for our newest product line," according to Duane W. Dinkel, President of Sagitta Inc..

Sagitta has successfully penetrated the fiber optic component manufacturing space, launching a new line of standard-setting process and inspection equipment. The Gemini-Cx, Sagitta's flagship product, was first to market with an integrated process solution for the polishing, cleaning, and inspection of fiber optic connectors. In addition to providing stand-alone production support, the Comet™ will augment Sagitta's existing Gemini-Cx processing cell, enabling new lower cost production of simplex and multifiber optical connectors. FOC connector expert, Mario Goduco said, "Fiber Optic Center views Sagitta's Comet™ laser cleaving machine as extremely important and industry changing. This is what the mid-size to large FO cable assembly manufacturers have been waiting for. We are excited about showing and demonstrating the Comet™ and its capabilities to our customers. The Comet™ will provide the highest reliability and yield throughout the cable assembly process"

About FOC

FOC is an international high tech manufacturing, sales, marketing and distribution company, specializing in equipment, supplies and processes related to high quality fiber termination, as well as other fiber and high tech materials areas. Worldwide supplier of AngstromLap and Sequoia polishing films and AngstromBond adhesives, FOC stocks SMA and other connectors in over 30 hole sizes for specialty fibers, and provides technical assistance for customers in many areas of fiber and component manufacturing.

About Sagitta

Sagitta ( founded in 1997 and provides advanced, high-productivity manufacturing equipment solutions to the global fiber optics and semiconductor industries. The company is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, and maintains an engineering and manufacturing center in Kfar Saba, Israel. A core holding of patented technologies in precision automation, machine vision and sub micron polishing has led to the introduction of multiple systems into the aforementioned markets. Specific introductions include several integrated automated polishing and inspection systems for high-value fiber optic components. Already a leader in failure analysis equipment for the semiconductor and media fields, Sagitta provides an award-winning suite of sample preparation tools used for cross sectional, SEM or TEM semiconductor inspection. Sagitta is a global company with machines installed in Fortune 500 companies. For more information on Sagitta and our products please visit the company's website at, or send your inquiries to or call 631-952-9440.