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ARMY APPROVES TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES TO SAIC'S LCU PRODUCTS

 SAN DIEGO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army's Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth, N.J., has approved technology enhancements to Science Applications International Corp.'s (SAIC) successful Lightweight Computer Unit (LCU) program. Faster processing speeds, enhanced color and monochrome displays and mass storage capabilities are some of the advanced technology enhancements added to the third year of this program. These enhancements meet the operational demands of the Army's Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) users for a wider variety of Battlefield Functional Area (BFA) requirements, keeping the Army, USMC and other service communities up- to-date with the latest computer technology.
 The LCU product enhancements include a variety of faster processors, larger storage and high-quality color displays never before available in a truly ruggedized portable computer. Larger RAM and hard disk capacities allow the test, maintenance and diagnostic equipment (TMDE) community the capability to store large documents on removable hard disk drives. Enhanced active matrix color and monochrome VGA displays have been added for the Version Two Lightweight Computer (V2LC) to meet the needs of fire support, maneuver and intelligence applications, graphics and mapping applications that need high-resolution display capabilities. Peripherals added include a Ruggedized CD ROM and Ruggedized Magneto Optical (MO) Disk Drives to satisfy the need for large read only and read/write capabilities in a portable computer (V2LC).
 Available options for the ruggedized V2LC now include: 25, 33 or 50 MHz 80486 Central Processing Unit speeds; up to 128 MByte RAM; 640 x 480 Active Matrix VGA Color Display or Enhanced Monochrome VGA Displays; 120, 200 or 500 MByte Removable Hard Disk Drives.
 The "Technology Insertion Clause" within the LCU contract and suggestions compiled through information obtained at user symposiums held by PM CHS and SAIC were contributing factors in the approved enhancements. The Technology Insertion Clause provides the government a vehicle to review, approve and add to the LCU contract up-to-the-minute technology through engineering change proposals submitted by SAIC.
 "SAIC believes that the soldier should be equipped with proven state-of-the-art computer technology," said Bud Carte, SAIC LCU program manager. "PM CHS and SAIC met with a wide variety of user organizations to identify their mission requirements and compiled a list of the right combination of improvements. We will continue to approach the user community for suggestions for future enhancements."
 SAIC provides high-technology services and products to government and the private sector in the areas of national security, health care, energy, environment and systems integration. With annual revenues of $1.5 billion, the company has 15,000 employees in 250 locations worldwide. SAIC credits its continuing success to its employee ownership arrangement. SAIC is one of the country's largest employee- owned companies.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Yanik, manager-Marketing, 619-552-3192, or John Souerbry, director-Product Center, 619-552-3184, both of SAIC/


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