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PSI-TEC Nears Launch of Fiber Material

Photonics.com
Sep 2004
WILMINTON, Del., Sept. 14 -- PSI-TEC Corp., a development-stage technology company based in Wilmington, Del., said it is getting ready to launch an electro-optic (EO) polymer it describes as a superior, more economical alternative to current electro-optic materials in use in fiber optic networks.

"Due to their superior performance and cost efficiency, EO polymers are, subject to further development, expected to rapidly replace traditional crystalline technologies (e.g., lithium niobate) in virtually all fiber optic ground, wireless and satellite communication networks," the company said in a statement. "This breakthrough could also enhance the development of fiber optic implementation into homes throughout the world."

PSI-TEC Corp. is a subsidiary of PSI-TEC Holdings Inc., of Nevada. Established in 1994, it was based out of the Army-operated research laboratory at the Army Research Laboratory in Maryland before moving its offices to Delaware four years ago. It said its materials "are recognized as the potential conduit for real-time satellite reconnaissance."

"We believe our unique and proprietary materials will offer the strength and price advantages telecom providers desperately need," said Fred Goetz, CEO and president of PSI-TEC. "We believe electro-optic polymers represent a sea change in this industry, if the developments continue as expected."

PSI-TEC said its material also has the potential for medical applications, including a safer alternative to x-ray procedures for skin cancer and dental patients.

The company announced in August creation of its PT-0 series of molecular designs, which incorporate nanoscale material integration technologies "to facilitate the transition of electro-optic (EO) plastics as the industry standard."

Goetz said the company will file for several patents in the coming weeks. Imirage, a marketing and Internet solutions firm based in Pennsylvania, was recently contracted to lead PSI-TEC's marketing and public relations efforts. The company said its Web site is also in development.



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