Essex Corp. delivers processor to Air Force


Columbia's Essex Corp. delivered a high-tech processor to the Air Force this week, a promising development for a small company struggling to make its mark.

The Wright Laboratory Armament Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida took possession of a device Essex calls the Egret, which uses laser-based technology to quickly recognize patterns.

The Air Force will test the Egret's ability to pick out missile targets from clutter.

"This device provides a significant advance in the development of pattern recognition techniques for precision strike munitions and fire-and-forget missiles," said Dennis Goldstein of the Air Force laboratory.

Harry Letaw, president and chief executive of Essex, said he hopes to work with another company to make the device smaller and to convince the Air Force to use it in missile guidance systems.

The Egret is based on the patented ImSyn image processor that Essex thinks can revolutionize certain radar, medical and microscopy fields by using optoelectronics instead of digital circuitry. Essex has struggled to stay afloat long enough to market its products.

Pub Date: 9/27/97

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