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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA NAMED MIMIC PHASE 3 HIGH TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER

 SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA NAMED MIMIC PHASE 3 HIGH TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIER
 ATLANTA, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA) has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense MIMIC (Microwave and Millimeter Wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits) program Phase 3 contract to provide enhanced testing equipment for MIMIC devices.
 Under terms of the 18-month research and development contract, valued at more than $1.5 million, Scientific-Atlanta's Instrumentation Group will develop and demonstrate hardware and software that will reduce present MIMIC chip and module test times by at least an order of magnitude. The test systems to be developed are a Core System, Multiport Control Circuit Tester (MPCCT), Millimeter Wave Low Noise Amplifier Tester (MMLNAT), Frequency Converter Circuit Tester (FCCT), and a Pulsed Power Amplifier Tester (PPAT). All of the test systems will be based on Scientific-Atlanta's new Model 2096 Microwave Production Test System and its software.
 The development contract is administered by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a tri-service program sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Wright Laboratory, U.S. Army Electronic Technology and Devices Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.
 DARPA is a separately organized agency within the Department of Defense which promotes advanced basic and applied research and development projects essential to the DoD.
 MIMIC is a seven-year program supported by DARPA to research and develop applications for Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits in DoD electronic systems operating in the 1 to 100 GHz frequency range. Use of GaAs circuits results in significant size, weight and cost reduction and a simultaneous improvement in relability and operating speed. MIMIC research and development will also support a strong GaAs technology base which will eventually lead to the introduction of MIMIC devices to commercial products.
 Theodore R. Wieber, president of Scientific-Atlanta's Electronic Systems Division, said: "DARPA's selection of Scientific-Atlanta as a MIMIC program supplier is confirmation of our ability to develop and provide test and measurement systems for electronic devices whose circuitry employs the highest technology available. We're obviously very proud to be named a MIMIC team member."
 Enhancement of Scientific-Atlanta's Model 2096 Microwave Production Test Station and its software will form the basis of the company's development work. In its current configuration, the Model 2096 offers a dramatic reduction in the time required to complete production testing of multi-state devices such as programmable phase shifters, attenuators, and radar transmit/receive modules.
 The Model 2096 has already demonstrated impressive results in the transmit/receive module MANTECH program. The system has been incorporated into an automated production test facility for radar transmit and receive modules at H.E. Microwave in Tucson, Ariz., and has reduced test times compared to other test stations by a factor of more than 10 without any degradation of accuracy. Tests included evaluation of scattering parameters, noise figure, power level and spectral output of transmit/receive modules.
 Scientific-Atlanta's Electronic Systems Division is a leading global supplier of remote sensing ground stations, telemetry tracking systems, microwave measurement systems, and wideband test, measurement and network enhancement products.
 Scientific-Atlanta is a world leader in cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks and instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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 /CONTACT: E. Scott Wood of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-903-2503 (office) or 404-963-8293 (after hours)/
 (SFA) CO: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; U.S. Department of Defense ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: CON


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