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OEwaves Wins Second Consecutive SPIE Prism Award for its Photonic Innovative Technology

Pasadena, California (February 12, 2013) The annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation announced OEwaves, Inc. (“OEwaves” or “the Company”), the winner for its Micro-Opto-Electronic Oscillator (Micro-OEO) in the Defense and Security category. This is the second consecutive Prism Award for the Company, unprecedented in the Award’s history. In 2012, OEwaves was awarded the Prism Award for its Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Laser Source in the Other Light Source Category.

The SPIE Prism Awards gala took place on Wednesday 6 February during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and Photonics Media, the annual awards recognize photonic products that break with conventional ideas, solve problems, and improve life through the application of light-based technologies. Results were determined by a panel of expert judges.The Micro-OEO generates fixed microwave and millimeter wave reference signals with breakthrough phase noise performance in a chip-scale form factor, based on the Company’s proprietary high quality factor Whispering Gallery Mode optical micro-resonator. The Micro-OEO, an addition to OEwaves’ opto-electronic oscillator product line, enables significant performance improvements in ground, space, naval, and airborne radar and signal intelligence systems under dynamic operating environments on miniature military platforms such as UAVs. “While the Prism Awards provide well-deserved recognition for these innovative companies, they also serve to underscore the powerful role of photonics R&D in effecting positive change in the world.” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.

“We are honored to receive this coveted prize for a second year in a row,” said Lute Maleki President and CEO of OEwaves.  “This year’s recognition of the Micro-OEO for photonics innovation is particularly noteworthy since OEO products generate mm-wave and microwave reference signals. This is an example of how OEwaves’ innovative technologies provide photonics-based products that outperform state of the art electronic systems.”

Prior to these unprecedented consecutive awards, OEwaves’ Phase Noise Measurement System was also a finalist for Prism Award in 2011.

About OEwaves, Inc.

OEwaves, Inc. headquartered in Pasadena, California, is a leader in innovative microwave photonic products and solutions.  OEwaves develops and offers state-of-the-art technologies and products in support of radar, communications, and test and measurement systems for military and commercial markets.  OEwaves was founded in 2000 and has maintained an Intellectual Property Portfolio of 80 cases, 26 of which were licensed via an exclusive agreement with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), to establish a secure path in which to develop our initial core technologies. 

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

About Photonics Media

Photonics Media, a global photonics publishing powerhouse, is the media brand of Laurin Publishing. It is responsible for publishing Photonics Spectra, BioPhotonics, and EuroPhotonics magazines, Photonics.com, as well as the Photonics Buyers' Guide -- the most trusted and well-respected reference guide in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.photonics.com.