Several processes in chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and semiconductor industry require contactless levitation and rotation through a hermetically closed chamber wall. This paper presents a novel concept that combines crucial advantages such as high acceleration capability, large air gap, and a compact motor setup. The basic idea is to separate a homopolar bearing unit axially from a multipolar drive unit on two different height levels. Hence, the proposed concept is denominated as ldquomagnetically levitated two-level motor.rdquo In this paper, the bearing and drive functionalities are explained in detail and design guidelines are given based on analytic equations and electromagnetic 3-D simulations. Furthermore, the influence of nonidealities such as saturation and coupling effects is evaluated and included in the design. Finally, extensive measurements on an experimental prototype exemplify the design considerations and prove the excellent performance of the new concept.