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ROCKWELL, DRAPER LABORATORY ENTER NEGOTIATIONS TO TRANSITION MICROMACHINED SILICON SENSORS TO PRODUCTION, SALES

 ANAHEIM, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corp. and The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have entered into negotiations to establish an exclusive, long-term business alliance to design, develop, produce and market a family of low-cost, micromachined silicon inertial sensor products to be used for guidance, navigation and control applications. The products -- sensors and inertial sensor assemblies -- will address a combination of commercial and military market segments, including U.S. Department of Defense, space and civil aviation products, as well as selected international military and worldwide consumer products.
 Draper will modify micromachined silicon technology originally developed for military applications to meet cost and performance requirements for the new market applications. Rockwell will develop the market areas, and transition the technology from Draper's laboratory environment to Rockwell's volume production lines.
 Rockwell's Defense Electronics (DE) organization is leading the Rockwell corporatewide effort, which includes the corporation's Science Center, Automotive business and Digital Communications Division. "Our market analysis has shown clearly that the Rockwell/Draper team will have a distinct cost and time-to-market advantage for micromachined devices over current and future competing technologies," said John A. McLuckey, president of Defense Electronics.
 Rockwell was selected by Draper over three other industry teams that competed for the opportunity to work with Draper to transition the technology to volume market applications.
 Ralph Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Draper Laboratory said, "With the recent changes in the world political and economic environment, Draper feels an obligation to transition our technologies to industry as quickly as possible to enhance American competitiveness. This arrangement is a first of a kind for us. We were very impressed with Rockwell's commercial production capabilities and with their planning and preparations for this exciting new venture. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship."
 Draper Laboratory is a not-for-profit corporation, which was founded in the 1930s by Dr. Charles Stark Draper as the Instrumentation Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The laboratory is recognized for pioneering work in ballistic missile and space guidance, navigation and control technologies.
 In its lead role for the Rockwell effort, Defense Electronics will provide program management, technical assistance to Draper in product definition and development, production of the silicon sensor elements, and development and pursuit of markets for both commercial and defense applications.
 Rockwell's Science Center, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., will facilitate (through its Anaheim group) the technology transition of the Draper micromachining technology into the Defense Electronics organization.
 The company's Automotive business, located in Troy, Mich., is a leading global supplier of components and systems for passenger cars, light trucks, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and off-highway equipment. As a key member of the Rockwell/Draper team, Automotive will assist in the worldwide marketing and application of these micromachined products.
 Rockwell's Digital Communications Division, with headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif., will manufacture the associated electronics and assemble the final products.
 Rockwell's Defense Electronics business, headquartered in Anaheim, manages all of the company's military electronics activities. DE had fiscal year 1992 sales of nearly $2 billion and is a leader in its six addressed markets: guidance and navigation; command, control and communications; avionics modernization; ship systems; tactical weapons; and sensors.
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Christine Rodriguez of Rockwell International, 714-762-4195; or Kathleen C. Granchelli of Draper Laboratories, 617-258-2605/


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