BLACKSBURG, Va., March 25, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced a new high-performance brushless DC motor with integrated drive electronics developed by Poly-Scientific, a business unit of the company's Component Technologies sector.

The motor has built-in electronics that give the advantage of a compact package size while offering quiet, efficient and smooth operation. The motor/drive is targeted for medical equipment, packaging machines and semiconductor handling applications.

BND12 and BND23 models have torque ratings from 1.7 oz-in to 22.0 oz-in with speeds up to 12,000 rpm. Each frame size is available in different lengths with the integrated electronics optimized for each motor's operating parameters. The compact motor/drive design is designed for applications that require low audible noise, long life and efficient operation. All motor, drive and feedback connections are prewired internally to simplify installation. The integrated package minimizes space and requires fewer parts by eliminating separate drive hardware.

The integrated motor/drive offers new alternatives for increasing machine throughput and performance. The motor's brushless configuration reduces maintenance and downtime and is also a competitively priced replacement for stepper motor systems.

Poly-Scientific is a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, and a world leader in innovative solutions for motion technology, optical components and electronic systems with unique design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities. Motion product lines include motors, drives, resolvers, slip rings, actuators and advanced electromechanical assemblies. Optical components include crystals for use in solid-state laser systems, specialty crystals and microchip laser devices. Electronic products include MEMS-based fiber optic switches, fiber optic modems, hybrid electronic and avionic products. Poly-Scientific is headquartered in Blacksburg, Va., with operations in Charlotte and Murphy, N.C., Springfield, Pa., and Brno, Czech Republic.

Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, headquartered in Iselin, N.J., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance electronic and optical components and materials to the telecommunications, networking, industrial, medical and military markets. Component Technologies includes Interconnect Technologies, Kester, Life Support, Poly-Scientific, Precision Products International, VEAM and Winchester Electronics.

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          Northrop Grumman Component Technologies
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