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									IEE Inc. Corporate Structure – Founded: 1946. President/CEO: Thomas
Whinfrey. Corporate Headquarters: 7723 Kester Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91405.
Telephone: (818) 787-0311. Web site:

Corporate Overview
IEE specializes in the design, test, support and fielding of Human System Interface
(HSI) products used in demanding military and aerospace applications throughout
the world. Since 1946, IEE has developed an extensive product portfolio that today
includes flat panel displays, keypads and switch bezels, as well as lightweight
enclosures for rugged environments with customizable integrated control functions
such as video processing, high-speed communications and power conversion.

Technology Integration
IEE effectively integrates low and medium power, high performance processing
elements into our system designs. Recent products include low power integrated
ARM processors that support embedded Linux and Android operating systems with
a wide range of communication peripheral interfaces.

Our proven expertise in rugged, integrated display design includes features such as
active and passive brightness enhancement, optically bonded touch screens and
EMI filters, custom anti-reflective/anti-glare (AR/AG) coatings/films and lightweight
rugged packaging.

Based on growing operational requirements, IEE’s products are segmented into
three categories:

1. Hand-held devices: ranging from 3.5” to 7.0” display sizes; combat proven,
   sunlight readable, MIL-qualified units designed for soldier mount, vehicle mount
   or man-pack hand-held use; feature application specific operator interfaces
   matched to the application-specific I/O needs.

2. Tablet displays: ranging in size from 7” to 10” in standard and wide aspect
   ratios; typically including embedded ARM or low power x86 architecture
   processors; tethered or un-tethered (battery operated and wireless

3. Advanced flat panel LCD Displays: ranging from 3.5” to 24” and beyond;
   includes MIL-STD qualified displays, keypads and switch bezels that feature
   lightweight enclosures, video processing, serial communication and power
   conversion for rugged environments.

Human System Interface (See Appendix A for a brief application note)

The real challenge for today’s weapons systems operators, even in unmanned
systems, is managing the huge volume of data flooding in from divergent sources.
Input from everything from smart phones, emails, text messages and the myriad of
Internet and other networking and social media sources can overwhelm
operators…unless that data is properly processed for presentation on a display in a
manageable, easily understood way.

IEE’s Human Systems Interface (HSI) expertise applies the very latest in technology
and process methodology to provide systems that enable the effective managing,
displaying and controlling of critical data/telecommunications in a rugged

IEE integrates the most advanced windowing, multi-touch screen interfaces, data
compression/transmission techniques and other proprietary tools to yield cutting
edge solutions for today’s systems operators. It’s our job to make their jobs
easier…and more effective.

In-house Design
Many of our products are fully qualified to military environmental and EMI/EMC
standards and have been field proven for use in rugged applications, attesting to
their uncompromising quality and performance.

IEE’s in-house design and high-volume manufacturing capabilities at our US facility
provides the quickest route to creative solutions for demanding military and
aerospace HSI applications. We also provide rapid prototyping (designs in
days/working models in weeks) and full-scale production, all under one roof.

At IEE, we have a clear vision of the future of display devices. Our design engineers
develop products that:

   Support the latest integrated ARM processors…by balancing processing
    performance and hardware acceleration of communication and video/graphics
    processing with the low power consumption critical to man-portable, battery
    powered operation and system SWaP-C.

   Integrate standard software platforms to promote reuse of open source…
    through the integration of modern embedded mobile operating systems (e.g.
    Android, Linux, Windows), IEE’s hand-held devices support the use of the
    extensive library of open source applications developed and deployed in modern
    day cell phones, PDAs and tablet devices.


   Support “thin client” Ethernet communication architectures… especially those
    being developed, analyzed and planned for next-generation system

   Extend our display product offering…with additional display sizes and
    resolutions, optional touch-screen capabilities (including multi-touch and
    gesturing) and contrast enhancement films and coatings.

Appendix A: HSI Application Note: Tens of Thousands of US Army Hand-held
Devices Deployed

IEE’s standard Hand Held Control Display Unit (HH-CDU) was selected as the
primary Human-Machine Interface (HMI) for a Force Protection/Counter-IED (C-IED)

The HH-CDU consists of an NVIS-compatible backlit display and a MOPP-4 gloved
operation-compatible data entry keypad. Its lightweight, molded composite
construction was perfectly matched to the reduced size, weight and power (SWaP)
requirements for adding this system onto existing ground vehicles.

The HH-CDU’s rugged design and enhanced sealing/packaging enables highly
reliable operation throughout its deployment in the severe environments
experienced on military ground vehicles (e.g. HMMWV and MRAP).

The C-IED device was manufactured, qualified and delivered under an IDIQ contract
with delivery rates set dependent upon platform deployment schedules. IEE
delivered over 25,000 HH-CDU units in just 30 months, with some months
exceeding 1,000 delivered units. Our employees recognize with pride that their hard
work and dedication is helping, in part, to protect the lives of our soldiers.

IEE has continued to develop and market numerous configurations of hand-held and
tablet size devices within this product family. The newer configurations provide
additional embedded processing capabilities, larger display sizes and resolutions,
support for multiple wired and wireless communication protocols and integration of
the latest Web browsers.


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