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ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL, BEI ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO CO-DEVELOP ADVANCED INERTIAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY

ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL, BEI ELECTRONICS ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
 TO CO-DEVELOP ADVANCED INERTIAL SENSOR ASSEMBLY
 SAN FRANCISCO and ANAHEIM, Calif., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corp. (NYSE: ROK) and BEI Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: BEII) have agreed to co-develop an advanced inertial sensor assembly (ISA) that is expected to form the nucleus for future low- cost inertial measurement products and systems for commercial, industrial and defense markets.
 The agreement between the companies calls for an initial contract to co-develop an ISA and for the transfer of technology. Rockwell will invest $7.8 million in BEI's development effort and will perform an additional $3.2 million in engineering and technical support. This strategic alliance provides the basis for a long-term relationship that is expected to result in new market and product opportunities for both companies worldwide.
 The co-development program will be conducted at Rockwell's Autonetics Strategic Systems Division in Anaheim, and at BEI's Systron Donner Inertial Division in Concord, Calif.
 The ISA design incorporates three quartz rate sensors (QRS), acting as solid state gyroscopes, and three quartz digital accelerometers to form the key elements of inertial measurement units that are expected to be smaller and cost less than equivalent products on the market today.
 Systron Donner will manufacture the co-developed ISA for use by both companies in their respective higher-level products. Inertial measurement units using the ISA will be used in tactical guidance systems, as well as in navigation and control applications. Rockwell plans to integrate the inertial measurement unit with Global Positioning System receivers, like its NavCore V, where it would provide highly accurate position location information on moving land, sea and air vehicles. Systron Donner will also supply their IMU's to tactical missile and munition guidance and control systems.
 Key to making the assembly small and inexpensive is Systron Donner's quartz rate sensor, a patented solid state microminiature inertial device that uses a pair of "tuning forks" to sense angular rate or velocity. The forks, which form a single-piece inertial sensing element, are micromachined from crystalline quartz using the same type of photolithographic and chemical machining processes found in the semiconductor industry. The technology is based on the quartz tuning forks found in most of today's digital watches.
 Rockwell's Autonetics Strategic Systems Division plans to incorporate its proprietary systems mechanizations, processes and electronics designs to complement the work the Systron Donner Inertial Division has done to date. Autonetics, a part of Rockwell's Defense Electronics unit, has a 35-year history of designing and building state-of-the-art inertial guidance systems for the Air Force and Navy. Combined with Systron Donner's 35 years of experience in building low- cost inertial instruments, the strategic partners have a long history of successes across a broad spectrum of guidance products and systems.
 BEI Electronics, a San Francisco based diversified technology company, designs, manufactures and markets a wide variety of motion control systems and components, sensors and medical and defense systems for use in commercial, industrial, medical, military and aerospace applications.
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its aerospace, electronics, automotive and general industries businesses.
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 /CONTACT: Christine Rodriguez of Rockwell International Corp., 714-762-4195, or Brad Sage of Systron Donner Inertial Division, 510-671-6403/
 (BEII ROK) CO: BEI Electronics Inc.; Rockwell International Corp. ST: California IN: CPR; ARO SU: PDT


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