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                             EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

          THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into this
1st day of April, 1997, by and between OPTO SENSORS, INC. ("Company"), a
California corporation, and AJAY MEHRA ("Employee"), with reference to the
following facts:

          A.  Employee has been serving Company as Chief Financial Officer in a
satisfactory and capable manner pursuant to an oral agreement between Employee
and Company.

          B.  Company has requested that Employee enter into a written
employment agreement with Company with respect to matters relating to continued
employment with Company, and Employee has agreed to do so, upon the terms and
conditions set forth herein.

          NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the terms and conditions and the
mutual agreements and covenants set forth herein, the parties hereto agree as

          1.   SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT.

               1.1  Capacity.  Company hereby continues to employ Employee and
Employee hereby accepts continued employment as Chief Financial Officer of
Company. Employee shall report to the Chief Executive Officer of Company and
perform the services and duties customarily incident to such office and as
otherwise decided upon by the Chief Executive Officer or the Board of Directors.

               1.2  Devotion of Services. Employee shall devote his entire
productive time, ability and attention exclusively to the business of Company
during the term of this Agreement, except for passive investments, charitable
and non-profit enterprises and any other business investments which do not
interfere with his duties hereunder and which are not competitive with
Employer's activities (except as the owner of less than 2% of the issued and
outstanding capital stock of a publicly traded corporation). Employee shall
perform and discharge well and faithfully those duties assigned him by Company.
Employee shall perform his services under this Agreement in Los Angeles County,
California, or such other location as is acceptable to Employee.

          2.   TERM.  Subject to Section 6 herein, the term of this Agreement
shall commence as of the date of this Agreement and shall continue and remain in
full force and effect for a period of three (3) years. However, in the event
that Company thereafter continues to employ Employee, this Agreement shall be
deemed automatically renewed upon the same terms and conditions set forth herein
except (a) that the parties may mutually agree to revise any of the terms set
forth herein, and (b) the employment relationship will be on an "at will" basis,
which means that, subject to Section 6.4 herein, either Company or Employee may
elect to terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason
whatsoever, with or without cause. Employee acknowledges that no representation
has been made by Company as to any minimum or specified term or length of
employment following the term set forth above.


          3.   COMPENSATION.

               3.1  Salary and Bonus. In consideration of the services to be
rendered by Employee hereunder, including without limitation any services
rendered as an officer or director of Company or any subsidiary or affiliate
thereof, during the term of this Agreement Company shall pay to Employee the

               (a) A salary in the amount of $200,000.00 per annum, which salary
shall be reviewed no less frequent than annually by the Company. The Company may
increase Employee's salary but, in no event, may Employee's salary be reduced
during the term of this Agreement.

               (b) The Company presently intends to continue its policy of
establishing a fiscal year end bonus pool for members of management of Company
and/or its subsidiaries, which may be up to ten percent (10%) of the Company's
net income before taxes.  At the sole discretion of the Board of Directors,
Employee may be entitled to participate therein.

               (c) All payments to Employee shall be subject to the regular
withholding requirements of all appropriate governmental taxing authorities.

               (d) If the Company's Board of Directors and/or any committee
thereof grants options to senior members of management of the Company and/or its
subsidiaries, the Board of Directors and/or such committee shall consider in
good faith granting a reasonable amount of options to Employee.

               3.2  Other Benefits. Employee shall be entitled to participate in
any medical and insurance plan which Company is presently providing or may
provide to its senior executives. Employee acknowledges that the terms of such
plans may change from time to time. Furthermore, Employee shall be entitled to
receive the same automobile, life insurance policy and all other benefits which
he presently is receiving.

               3.3  Expenses. Company will advance to or reimburse Employee for
all reasonable travel and entertainment required by Company and other reasonable
expenses incurred by Employee in connection with the performance of his services
under this Agreement in accordance with Company policy as established from time
to time.

          4.   INVENTIONS.

               4.1  Right to Inventions. Employee agrees that any discoveries,
inventions or improvements of whatever nature (collectively "Inventions") made
or conceived by Employee, solely or jointly with others, during the term of his
employment with Company, that are made with Company's equipment, supplies,
facilities, trade secrets or time; or that relate, at the time of conception of
or reduction to practice, to the business of Company


or Company's actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development; or that
result from any work performed by Employee for Company, shall belong to Company.
Employee also agrees that Company shall have the right to keep any such
Inventions as trade secrets, if Company so chooses.  In order to permit Company
to claim rights to which it may be entitled, Employee agrees to disclose to
Company in confidence all Inventions that Employee makes during the course of
his employment and all patent applications filed by Employee within three (3)
years after termination of his employment.  Employee shall (a) assist Company in
obtaining patents on all Inventions deemed patentable by Company in the United
States and in all foreign countries and (b) execute all documents and do all
things necessary to obtain letters patent to vest Company with full and
extensive titles thereto and to protect the same against infringement by others.
For the purposes of this Agreement, an Invention is deemed to have been made
during the period of Employee's employment if the Invention was conceived or
first actually reduced to practice during that period, and Employee agrees that
any patent application filed within three (3) years after termination of his
employment with the Company shall be presumed to relate to an Invention made
during the term of Employee's employment unless Employee can provide evidence to
the contrary.

               4.2  Assignment of Inventions and Patents. In furtherance of, and
not in contravention, limitation and/or in place of, the provisions of Section
4.1 above, Company hereby notifies Employee of California Labor Code Section
2870, which provides:

          "Any provision in an employment agreement which provides that an
     employee shall assign or offer to assign any of his or her rights in an
     invention to his or her employer shall not apply to an invention for which
     no equipment, supplies, facility, or trade secret information of the
     employer was used and which was developed entirely on the employee's own
     time, and (a) which does not relate (1) directly or indirectly to the
     business of the employer or (2) to the employer's actual or demonstrably
     anticipated research or development, or (b) which does not result from any
     work performed by the employee for the employer.  Any provision which
     purports to apply to such an invention is to that extent against the public
     policy of this state and is to that extent void and unenforceable."

          Employee acknowledges that he has been notified by the Company of this
law, and understands that this Agreement does not apply to Inventions which are
otherwise fully protected under the provisions of said Labor Code Section 2870.
Therefore, Employee agrees to promptly disclose in writing to the Company all
Inventions, whether Employee personally considers them patentable or not, which
Employee alone, or with others, conceives or makes during his employment with
Company or as is otherwise required and set forth under Section 4.1 above.
Company shall hold said


information in strict confidence to determine the applicability of California
Labor Code Section 2870 to said Invention and, to the extent said Section 2870
does not apply, Employee hereby assigns and agrees to assign all his right,
title and interest in and to those Inventions which relate to business of the
Company and Employee agrees not to disclose any of these Inventions to others
without the prior written express consent of Company.  Employee agrees to notify
Company in writing prior to making any disclosure or performing any work during
the term of his employment with Company which may conflict with any proprietary
rights or technical know-how claimed by Employee as his property.  In the event
Employee fails to give Company notice of such conflict, Employee agrees that
Employee shall have no further right or claim with respect to any such
conflicting proprietary rights or technical know-how.

          5.   CONFIDENTIALITY.

               5.1  Restrictions on Use of Trade Secrets and Records.  During
the term of his employment, Employee will have access to and become acquainted
with various trade secrets of Company, consisting of formulas, patterns,
devices, secret Inventions, processes, compilations of information, records and
specifications (collectively "Trade Secrets"), all of which are owned by Company
and used in the operation of Company's business.  Additionally, Employee will
have access to and may become acquainted with various files, records, customer
lists, documents, drawings, specifications, equipment and similar items relating
to the business of Company (collectively "Confidential Information").  All such
Trade Secrets and Confidential Information, whether they are designed, conceived
or prepared by Employee or come into Employee's possession or knowledge in any
other way, are and shall remain the exclusive property of Company and shall not
be removed from the premises of Company under any circumstances whatsoever
without the prior written consent of Company.  Employee promises and agrees that
he will not use for himself or for others, or divulge or disclose to any other
person or entity, directly or indirectly, either during the term of his
employment by Company or at any time thereafter, for his own benefit or for the
benefit of any other person or entity or for any reason whatsoever, any of the
Trade Secrets or Confidential Information described herein, which he may
conceive, develop, obtain or learn about during or as a result of his employment
by Company unless specifically authorized to do so in writing by Company.

               5.2  Non-Interference.  Employee recognizes that  Company has
invested substantial effort in assembling its present employees and in
developing its customer base.  As a result, and particularly because of
Company's many types of confidential business information, Employee understands
that any solicitation of a customer or employee of Company, in an effort to get
them to change business affiliations, would presumably involve a misuse of
Company's confidences, Trade Secrets and Confidential Information.  Employee
therefore agrees that, for a period of one (1) year from the later of the date
of termination of Employee's employment with


Company for any reason whatsoever or the receipt by Employee of any compensation
paid to Employee by Company, Employee will not influence, or attempt to
influence, existing employees or customers of Company in an attempt to divert,
either directly or indirectly, their services or business from Company.


               6.1  Termination by Company.  Company may terminate Employee's
employment hereunder at any time for cause without payment of severance or
similar benefits. For purposes of this Section 6.1, "cause" shall mean the
following events: (a) any willful breach of duty by Employee in the course of
his employment, (b) the breach of any provision of this Agreement or any
misrepresentation by Employee hereunder, (c) misconduct, neglect or negligence
in the performance of Employee's duties and obligations, (d) disloyal,
dishonest, willful misconduct, illegal, immoral or unethical conduct by
Employee, (e) such carelessness or inefficiency in the performance of his duties
that Employee is unfit to continue in the service of Company, (f) failure of
Employee to comply with the policies or directives of Company and/or failure to
take direction from Company's Board of Directors, or (g) such other conduct
which is substantially detrimental to the best interests of Company. Any such
termination shall become effective upon delivery of written notice to Employee.

               6.2  Termination by Employee.  Employee may terminate his
employment hereunder at any time for cause.  For purposes of this Section 6.2,
"cause" shall mean the breach of any provision of this Agreement by Company
which is not cured within thirty (30) days after Employee delivers written
notice to Company describing such breach.  If the breach is not so cured within
such thirty (30) days after delivery of such notice, the termination of
employment shall become effective after the expiration of such cure period.

               6.3  Death or Disability.  Employee's employment with Company
shall cease upon the date of his death.  In the event Employee becomes
physically or mentally disabled so as to become unable for more than one hundred
eighty (180) days in the aggregate in any twelve (12) month period to perform
his duties on a full-time basis with reasonable accommodations, Company may, at
its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement and Employee's employment.

               6.4  Termination Following Automatic Renewal.  In the event that
this Agreement is automatically renewed pursuant to Paragraph 2 herein, either
Company or Employee may terminate Employee's employment hereunder at any time
and for any reason whatsoever, with or without cause, upon thirty (30) days
prior written notice delivered to the other party.

               6.5  Effect of Termination.  Upon the termination of Employee's
employment hereunder or the expiration or termination of the Agreement, (a)
Company shall pay Employee all compensation accrued and outstanding as of the
date of such termination or


expiration, and (b) notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein,
the rights and obligations of each party under Paragraphs 4, 5 and 8 herein
shall survive such termination or expiration.  Notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained in this Agreement if, prior to the end of the initial three
(3) year term, Employer terminates this Agreement without cause, Employee shall
continue to be entitled to receive all of the compensation and other benefits
provided for in Paragraph 3 for the remainder of said three (3) year term
without any deduction or offset for any compensation earned or received by
Employee from any other sources.

          7.   EMPLOYEE'S REPRESENTATIONS.  As an inducement for Company to
execute this Agreement, Employee represents and warrants to Company that the
negotiation, execution and delivery of this Agreement by Employee together with
the performance of his obligations hereunder does not breach or give rise to a
breach under any employment, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-competition or
any other agreement, written or oral, to which Employee is a party.

          8.   EQUITABLE REMEDIES.

               8.1  Injunctive Relief.  Employee acknowledges and agrees that
the covenants set forth in Paragraphs 4 and 5 herein are reasonable and
necessary for protection of Company's business interests, that irreparable
injury will result to Company if Employee breaches any of the terms of said
covenants and that, in the event of Employee's actual or threatened breach of
said covenants, Company will have no adequate remedy at law.  Employee
accordingly agrees that in the event of actual or threatened breach of any of
such covenants, Company shall be entitled to immediate injunctive and other
equitable relief, without bond and without the necessity of showing actual
monetary damages.  Nothing contained herein shall be construed as prohibiting
Company from pursuing any other remedies available to it for such breach or
threatened breach, including the recovering of any damages which it is able to
prove.  Each of the covenants in Paragraphs 4 and 5 shall be construed as
independent of any other covenants or provisions of this Agreement.  In the
event of any judicial determination that any of the covenants set forth in
Paragraphs 4 and 5 herein or any other provisions of the Agreement are not fully
enforceable, it is the intention and desire of the parties that the court treat
said covenants as having been modified to the extent deemed necessary by the
court to render them reasonable and enforceable and that the court enforce them
to such extent.

               8.2  Specific Enforcement.  Employee agrees and acknowledges that
he is obligated under this Agreement to render services of a special, unique,
unusual, extraordinary and intellectual character, thereby giving this Agreement
peculiar value, so that the loss thereof could not be reasonable or adequately
compensated in damages in an action at law.  Therefore, in addition to other
remedies provided by law, Company shall have the right, during the term of this
Agreement, to obtain specific performance hereof by Employee and to obtain
injunctive relief


against the performance of service elsewhere by Employee during the term of this

          9.   GENERAL.

               9.1  Entire Agreement.  This Agreement contains the entire
understanding between the parties hereto and supersedes all other oral and
written agreements or understandings between them.

               9.2  Amendment.  This Agreement may not be modified, amended,
altered or supplemented except by written agreement between Employee and

               9.3  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in two (2) or
more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

               9.4  Jurisdiction.  Each party hereby consents to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the state and federal courts sitting in Los Angeles County,
California, in any action on a claim arising out of, under or in connection with
this Agreement or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. Each party
further agrees that personal jurisdiction over him may be effected by service of
process by registered or certified mail addressed as provided in Section 9.9
herein, and that when so made shall be as if served upon him personally within
the State of California.

               9.5  Expenses.  In the event an action at law or in equity is
required to enforce or interpret the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the
prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorney's fees and costs in
addition to any other relief to which that party may be entitled.

               9.6  Interpretation.  The headings herein are inserted only as a
matter of convenience and reference, and in no way define, limit or describe the
scope of this Agreement or the intent of any provisions thereof.  No provision
of this document is to be interpreted for or against any party because that
party or  party's legal representative drafted it.

               9.7  Successors and Assigns.  This Agreement shall be binding
upon, and inure to the benefit of, the parties hereto and their heirs,
successors, assigns and personal representatives.  As used herein, the
successors of Company shall include, but not be limited to, any successor by way
of merger, consolidation, sale of all or substantially all of its assets or
similar reorganization.  In no event may Employee assign any rights or duties
under this Agreement.

               9.8  Controlling Law; Severability.  The validity and
construction of this Agreement or of any of its provisions


shall be determined under the laws of the State of California.  Should any
provision of this Agreement be invalid either due to the duration thereof or the
scope of the prohibited activity, such provision shall be limited by the court
to the extent necessary to make it enforceable and, if invalid for any other
reason, such invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect or limit the
validity and enforceability of the other provisions hereof.

               9.9  Notices.  Any notice required or permitted to be given under
this Agreement shall be sufficient if in writing and if personally received by
the party to whom it is sent or delivered, or if sent by registered or certified
mail, postage prepaid, to Employee's residence in the case of notice to
Employee, or to its principal office if to Company.  A notice is deemed received
or delivered on the earlier of the day received or three (3) days after being
sent by registered or certified mail in the manner described in this Section.

               9.10 Waiver of Breach.  The waiver by any party hereto of a
breach of any provision of this Agreement shall not operate or be construed as a
waiver of any subsequent breach.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as
of the day and year first above written.

                                    OPTO SENSORS, INC.

                                    By: /s/ Deepak Chopra
                                    Its: Chief Executive Officer

                                     /s/ Ajay Mehra
                                    AJAY MEHRA