Metal Packaging withstands nuclear attack.

Press Release Summary:

Xray-Pak(TM) radiation mitigation packaging shields integrated circuits in military satellites from radiation effects of nuclear blasts. It combines flexible, lightweight, metal packaging with shielding that protects microelectronic components, such as monolithic and multi-chip data converters, memory and logic devices, from X-ray emissions.

Original Press Release:

Maxwell Introduces The First Packaging Solution To Shield Commercially Produced Electronic Components Against Nuclear Weapon Radiation

Technology Developed to Enhance Military Satellites' Ability to Withstand Nuclear Attack

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) today announced the introduction of Xray-Pak(TM) radiation mitigation technology to shield integrated circuits that process and store data in military satellites from the radiation effects of nuclear blasts.

Xray-Pak integrates flexible, lightweight, metal packaging with Maxwell's proprietary Rad-Pak® shielding technology to protect commercial microelectronic components, such as monolithic and multi-chip data converters, memory and logic devices, from Xray emissions produced by the detonation of nuclear weapons.

Dr. Richard Balanson, president of Maxwell's Electronic Components Group, said that Xray-Pak is the first of a line of leading-edge technologies Maxwell is developing as part of the company's new product strategy for the space and military markets.

"Maxwell guarantees state-of-the-art performance, guarantees radiation tolerance and guarantees life-of-the-application availability for our microelectronic products," Balanson said.

Balanson explained that Maxwell's new three-way guarantee is based on:

- Rigorously qualifying commercially available silicon devices
for optimal speed, density, weight and power consumption;
- "Banking" sufficient silicon die to ensure that identical
parts will be available throughout a program's lifetime, thus
ensuring that obsolescence will no longer pose a supply
problem, and
- Applying the company's proprietary radiation-mitigation
technologies, along with rigorous testing, to meet demanding
radiation tolerance specifications for space and military

Larry Longden, Maxwell's senior director of technology and marketing, said that Xray-Pak was developed in response to demand from the company's military satellite manufacturer customers for more complete radiation mitigation solutions.

"Xray-Pak provides the industry's most comprehensive shielding solution to address the stringent total dose and prompt dose radiation mitigation specifications for military systems," Longden said. "Our customers have been impressed with our engineering group's rapid response with this flexible, total package, solution and our ability to quickly integrate the technology across our product portfolio to meet a variety of parts requirements for upcoming military satellite programs."

Longden said that Maxwell also is exploring additional applications for Xray-Pak in protecting electronic systems in military aircraft, naval vessels and battlefield vehicles.

Maxwell Technologies manufactures and markets high-reliability power and computing components and systems and automated test instruments. The company's microelectronic products include power modules, integrated circuits and single board computers that combine commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components and Maxwell's proprietary radiation mitigation technology to provide optimal performance and reliability in aerospace, military and other applications. Maxwell's PowerCache(TM) ultracapacitors are high-density energy storage cells that deliver bursts of high power on demand in applications such as automotive electrical systems and power trains, wireless communications and consumer and industrial electronic devices. The company's instrument products include automated accelerated reliability test systems (AARTS) for RF and photonic components. For more information, please visit the company's web site:

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These include development and acceptance of products based on new technologies, demand for original equipment manufacturers' products reaching anticipated levels, general economic conditions in the markets served by the companies' products, cost-effective manufacturing of new products and the impact of competitive products and pricing. These and other risks are detailed from time-to-time in Maxwell Technologies' SEC reports, including their reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2001. Actual results may differ materially from those projected. These forward-looking statements represent the Company's judgment as of the date of this news release. The Companies disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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