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RAYTHEON, MOTOROLA TO DEVELOP NEW MODULES FOR MILITARY SYSTEMS

 LEXINGTON, Mass., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Submarine Signal Division, based in Portsmouth, R.I., and Motorola's Military Products Operation of Tempe, Ariz., have entered into a teaming agreement to produce a new family of standard electronic modules (SEM-E) based on an open system architecture.
 The two companies, performing in full compliance with Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards and the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Computer Resources (NGCR) standards, will develop military system modules - certified as resistant to such adverse influences as shock, vibration, and heat - based on commercial technology at a sharply reduced lifetime cost.
 The alliance will combine Motorola's multi-chip module (MCM) products, employing processor memory and advanced integrated circuitry, with Raytheon's SEM modules to support the Department of Defense and other agencies using open system architecture technology in avionics, ships, and other military applications. The SEM modules will provide memory module plug-compatible, interoperable, standard function electronic building blocks for high performance, military mission-critical computer resources.
 Raytheon, a leading SEM producer for more than 20 years, has been certified to produce SEM A, B, D, and E modules by the Navy Weapons Support Center. The company recently was awarded a $497,000 U.S. Navy contract to study and model interfaces between military and commercial operating systems.
 Raytheon's SEM manufacturing line, which can produce more than 1,000 modules per month, employs the latest cleaning techniques that are free of ozone depleting emissions.
 Motorola is a leading source of military integrated circuits for the defense electronics industry.
 W.T. Greer, vice president and director of Motorola's Military Products Operation, said, "Combining the capabilities of our two companies will provide modules featuring vastly improved performance and greater reliability at a reduced cost.
 "Moreover, by utilizing an open system architecture, these modules will provide a much more economical method of improving electronic system performance than is presently available."
 Newbridge Microsystems, a division of Newbridge Network Corporation of Herndon, Va., will provide Futurebus+ multi-chip modules for SEM development. Newbridge Microsystems, a leading supplier of commercial and military open system architecture technologies, has been working closely with Raytheon and Motorola to evolve its existing LIFE single-chip Futurebus+ into an IEEE 896.6 compliant multi-chip module for SEM-E.
 C. Dale Reis, Raytheon vice president and general manager of its Submarine Signal Division, said, "This relationship between Raytheon and Motorola, two highly-respected defense electronics companies, will provide a more cost effective, streamlined module improvement path for military systems by leveraging the technology investments of the commercial market. The new SEM-E module family will also represent a 65 percent size reduction from that of conventional modules."
 Greer added that the teaming arrangement "will allow this new team to supply a broad range of performance levels for commercial, industrial, and military electronic applications."
 Raytheon, based in Lexington, Mass., is a diversified, international, technology-based company with sales in four business segments: Electronics, Aircraft Products, Energy and Environmental, and Major Appliances.
 Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of electronic equipment, systems, components and services for global markets. Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector is the largest U.S.-based broad line supplier of semiconductors, with a balanced portfolio of more than 50,000 devices.
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