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HP to Partner With Network Solutions Provider Cambrian Systems Corporation.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 1997--

Cooperative R&D Efforts to Foster Growth of Dense Wavelength

Division Multiplexing for Metropolitan Access and Interoffice


Hewlett-Packard Company today announced a letter of intent with Cambrian Systems Corporation to develop Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for metropolitan access and interoffice networks. HP and Cambrian intend to combine R&D efforts to optimize and integrate their respective DWDM components and networking systems. This strategic relationship is expected to lead to network solutions that provide increased value to the metropolitan-area network marketplace and service providers worldwide.

DWDM enables the transmission of many independent optical channels on a single fiber, providing a new level of affordable public network bandwidth just as Internet traffic is soaring, corporate intranets are proliferating and bandwidth-consuming multimedia applications are reaching the market. The economics of DWDM can be powerful, saving potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in additional fiber-optic plants and electronic transmission and switching equipment.

"We have has identified DWDM as strategically important to meet the explosive demand for bandwidth in metropolitan-area networks," said Paul Engle, worldwide fiber-optics business manager at HP's Communications Semiconductor Solutions Division, part of the Components Group. "Cambrian's technological expertise will help bolster HP's already considerable efforts in developing products to meet our customers' future communication requirements."

"Both companies are committed to leadership in DWDM -- Cambrian in networking systems and HP in components," said Don Smith, president and chief executive officer of Cambrian. "The close coupling between DWDM systems and components, along with HP's global reputation for innovation, quality and reliability, further strengthens Cambrian's ability to stay at the forefront of this exciting business."

Cambrian will be demonstrating their DWDM solution at the Newbridge Networks booth at the Association for Local Telecommunicators Services ALTS '97 Convention, Nov. 3 to 5 in Atlanta.


Cambrian Systems Corporation is focused on the delivery of advanced photonic networking solutions based on Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for metropolitan access and interoffice networks. Cambrian designs, manufactures and markets its DWDM based OPTera(TM) product family to service providers globally. Cambrian, headquartered in Kanata, Ontario, Canada, became an affiliate of Newbridge Networks Corporation (NN, NNC) in March 1997.

Information about Cambrian and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at .


HP is the official information-technology hardware and maintenance supplier to the 1998 World Cup soccer tournament.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing, Internet and intranet solutions, services, communications products and measurement solutions, all of which are recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 120,500 employees and had revenue of $38.4 billion in its 1996 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at


Northe Osbrink, 408/435-6765


Copithorne & Bellows for HP

Chris Greenfield, 415/975-2227


Cambrian Systems Corporation

Andrea Pearson, 613/591-3600 ext. 4596


Crawford Public Relations for Cambrian

Jim Crawford, 703/715-0844
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