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PERCEPTRONICS AWARDED CONTRACTS TOTALING $2.7 MILLION FOR R&D ON MODELING AND SIMULATION SOFTWARE

 PERCEPTRONICS AWARDED CONTRACTS TOTALING $2.7 MILLION
 FOR R&D ON MODELING AND SIMULATION SOFTWARE
 WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Perceptronics Inc. (NASDAQ: PERC) announced today that it has been awarded three Department of Defense (DoD) contracts totaling $2.7 million to develop advanced software tools for modeling and simulation in engineering and manufacturing processes.
 One $2.6 million, 18-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) involves creation of a Computer Aided Concurrent Engineering (CACE (tm)) system for managing the design and development of multi-chip modules, ASICs, printed circuit boards and other electronic products. The new management support software will integrate the operation of various Electronic Design Automation tools. This will allow manufacturers of semiconductor devices to optimize the overall design and development process, using an integrated modeling and simulation environment. The expect result is significant savings of both time and money. The UCLA School of Engineering is a subcontractor to Perceptronics on this project, and several major aerospace companies are also participating by providing expertise as well as test sites for the new software.
 The second and third programs total $50,000 each, and are part of DoD's prestigious Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. SBIR projects are three-phase programs intended to stimulate innovation and application of new technology by small businesses.
 Phase I is a six-month feasibility study of the innovative new idea. Phase II, usually between $250,000 and $500,000, is an optional award, also through the SBIR Program, for product development if the idea proves feasible. In Phase III, non-SBIR funds are used to pursue commercial applications of the finished product. If the Phase I feasibility studies are successful, as expected, these two awards could provide up to an additional $1 million in Phase II funding to Perceptronics within a year.
 Perceptronics' SBIR projects are both in the area of infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPA), which are critical sensor elements in many military imaging systems. The first one, which already has begun, involves the use of neural networks to "learn" the non-linear relationship between process control parameters and output sensors in the production of Mercury Cadmiun Telleurid (HgCdTe) wafers, a key material in many IRFPAs. The other project, for which award selection was just made, entails creating a set of analytical, knowledge-based models and simulations that will apply concurrent design methods to the development of new IRFPAs and electro-optical systems.
 "These contracts will strongly support Perceptronics' goal to establish an integrated family of software tools for advanced modeling and simulation of both human-system processes and complex engineering systems," said Dr. Gershon Weltman, the company's chief executive officer. "The R&D results will be of direct use to the defense community. But in addition, Perceptronics has historically used technology from its funded R&D projects to expand its commercial product lines. Developing this new software technology for optimizing engineering and manufacturing processes will help establish Perceptronics as a leader in the important and growing area of Electronic Design Automation."
 Perceptronics is engaged in research and system development -- primarily for the Department of Defense -- and in the manufacture and marketing of computer-based simulation systems for training and decision support.
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 /CONTACT: Dr. Gershon Weltman of Perceptronics, 818-884-7470; or Cecilia A. Wilkinson of Rifkind Pondel & Parsons, 310-207-9300, for Perceptronics/
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