REDONDO BEACH, Calif., June 11, 2003 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is providing commercial users convenient access to its advanced semiconductor technology via Velocium process design kits (PDKs) that support the company's gallium arsenide (GaAs) 0.1 and 0.15-micron pHEMT and 1-micron HBT foundry processes.

The new PDKs offer access to Northrop Grumman foundry processes to integrated circuit designers using Applied Wave Research's (AWR) Microwave Office circuit simulation and layout environment. The kits provide automatic layout with design-rule check, pop-up help tips, and scalable models for pHEMT cells and passive components fabricated with the advanced wafer processes at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. A menu-driven cell library is incorporated with transistor models covering a wide range of device sizes.

"A great deal of device characterization and device modeling experience has been employed to create and verify the provided model sets," said Mike Smith, general manager of foundry sales, Velocium Products. "Integrating these models into a highly efficient, end-to-end simulation and layout design solution, increases value for our customers by reducing design time and lowering the probability of error."

AWR is a leading supplier of high-frequency electronic design automation solutions for the design of microwave and millimeter-wave electronics. "We are excited to assist in commercializing Northrop Grumman Space Technology's foundry technology. Customers will benefit from the streamlined MMIC design process provided through the combination of the Velocium PDKs and Microwave Office 2003," said James Spoto, AWR president and chief executive officer.

The Velocium PDKs and associated library components are optimized for a variety of applications ranging from commercial broadband telecommunications to high-reliability millimeter-wave transceivers. They are available free of charge to Northrop Grumman Space Technology foundry and AWR Microwave Office design suite users and can be downloaded via the Internet by contacting Velocium Products.

For more information contact Mike Smith, general manager of foundry sales, Velocium Products, at (310) 812-6997 or via email at

Velocium Products is a business unit of the company's Space Technology sector, a leader in the development of space, defense and electronics systems. Velocium high-performance GaAs and indium phosphide products and foundry services are available for established and emerging commercial markets, including cellular and broadband wireless systems and cutting-edge aerospace, defense and scientific applications. News releases regarding Velocium products are available on the Web at .

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