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IRVINE SENSORS RECEIVES A $5.2 MILLION NEURAL NETWORK CONTRACT

 COSTA MESA, Calif., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Irvine Sensors Corp. (NASDAQ: IRSN) announced today the receipt of an approximate $5.2 million contract to develop a neural network sensor intended to mimic some of the recognition capabilities of the human eye and brain. The new 26-month contract is being funded by the Strategic Defense Initiative Office (SDIO) and managed by the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR).
 "This new contract is the first phase of a planned development that will eventually allow us to build modules with the interconnect densities and speeds of the human brain," said John Carson, Irvine's chief technical officer. "We don't know of any other technology that offers that kind of potential in the foreseeable future."
 Neural networks involve large numbers of sensing and processing nodes which continuously interact with each other. This kind of interaction is believed to be the way that the neurons of the human brain process sensory stimuli. Artificial neural networks are the subject of widespread scientific inquiry because sophisticated pattern recognition and learning behaviors, which humans perform routinely well and computers perform poorly, appear to be dependent on such processing. Both conventional computers and advanced parallel processors lack the kind of three-dimensional interconnectivity required for this kind of processing. Irvine Sensors' chip-stacking technology offers a uniquely powerful technique to achieve the very high levels of interconnectivity necessary for an efficient artificial neural network.
 "This contract keeps us on the leading edge of the interactive technologies that may define the industry of the future. Given the rapid commercialization of our chip-stacking as evidenced by last month's pilot line ribbon-cutting at IBM, we may even be able to accelerate the future," said James Alexiou, Irvine's chief executive officer. "In short term, the new contract is concrete evidence to support our prediction of improving government sales."
 Irvine Sensors Corp., headquartered in Costa Mesa, is primarily engaged in the development of infrafed devices and high-density packages of computer electronics which are intended to have broad applications in military and commercial systems.
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 /CONTACT: John Stuart, CFO of Irvine Sensors, 714-549-8211; or Edda Brown of Richmont Consulting, 213-658-8088, for Irvine Sensors/
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