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Press Release -- August 24th, 2016
Source: Champion ONE
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Champion ONE Issued Patent for uTune Director™

Innovative Stand-Alone Device Tunes SFP+ and XFP DWDM Optics

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – August 24, 2016 – Champion ONE, the Champion of Open
Networking and leading supplier of optical transceivers, is announcing today that the
US Patent Office has issued a patent for its popular award-winning uTune Director.

Patent No. 9,391,706 covers the technology within the stand-alone device that
enables tuning and locking of SFP+ and XFP DWDM transceivers to specific ITU
channels outside of a network switch. Its intuitive interface makes the process easy
to understand and quick to perform; an optic can be tuned and locked in under one
minute. This process enables network operators to maximize network uptime by
tuning optics on-demand, without having to wait the lengthy lead times that are
common among fixed-channel optics. Additionally, the uTune Director enables
network operators to simplify and reduce their DWDM transceiver inventories by
drastically reducing both the number of total SKUs and total cost of expensive fixedchannel
transceivers. For example, a regional operator of a 20-channel DWDM
network could save $100,000 or more in sparing costs annually.

“Champion ONE has a strong track record of product innovation and will continue to
build our patent portfolio through our expanded investment in new technologies and
applications” said John Jutila, CEO of Champion ONE. “This patent recognizing our
invention of a stand-alone device for tuning and locking SFP+ and XFP DWDM
transceivers further demonstrates our growing market leadership.”

Initially launched in 2009 to tune XFP DWDM optics only, Champion ONE launched a
redesigned version in 2014 to tune SFP+ DWDM optics as well. This new design
earned high praise from the 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards.

“Our judges were definitely impressed by its solution of sparing costly fixed-channel
transceivers,” said Lightwave publisher Tim Hermes. “I have no doubt this is a highpowered
viable solution for service and dark-fiber providers.”

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About Champion ONE
Champion ONE is a global supplier of standards-based, carrier-grade network
solutions for clients in the service provider, enterprise, healthcare, education and
government sectors. The company's transceivers, optical filters and optical systems
are optimized for use with the industry's leading OEM platforms. For additional
information about Champion ONE, call 800-860-7466 or visit our website at
www.championone.com.
Media Relations Contact
Keith Lewis
Champion ONE
+1 216.831.1800
klewis@championone.com

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