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National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic Chipset Wins the Solar Industry Award for “Energy Usage Enabling”

National’s Smart Panel Technology Recognized for Optimizing Efficiency of Solar Installations

Sep 8, 2010

September 8, 2010 – National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today announced that the company’s SolarMagic™ SM3320 smart panel chipset has received the Solar Industry Award for the “Energy Usage Enabling” category, which recognizes technologies and processes that enable better energy usage. The industry, through Solar (A PV Management Magazine), honored National’s in-panel SolarMagic chipset for optimizing efficiency through a new category of solar systems: “smart panels”. National received the award on September 7 at the publication’s Solar Industry Awards event in Valencia, Spain.

Solar panels today are prone to underperform due to real-world conditions such as age, mismatch and shade. However, the SolarMagic SM3320 smart panel chipset uses advanced electronics to harvest the maximum energy from a solar system, providing junction box and module manufacturers with the ability to ensure the highest efficiency and return on investment. By coupling more energy production with a lower balance of systems cost, the SM3320, based on National’s analog and mixed-signal technology, provides solar system owners a high-performance solution at the lowest cost per kilowatt-hour.

“The Solar Industry Awards continue to promote the people, process and places that make up the global PV and solar industry,” said David Ridsdale, editor-in-chief of Solar. “The awards are voted for by our readers ensuring these awards are decided by the individuals at the grass roots of the industry. The companies, people and products are selected due to the confidence of the global solar and PV community.” More information is available at http://www.solar-pv-management.com/awards/winners/2010.php.

About SolarMagic
National’s SolarMagic SM3320 is the first analog-intensive power management chipset in a new category of in-panel electronics that improves power output, reliability and cost-effectiveness of solar systems. SolarMagic enables each solar panel to produce the maximum energy regardless of whether other panels in the array are under-performing due to mismatch. SolarMagic monitors and maximizes the energy harvest of each individual PV panel through a combination of advanced algorithms and leading-edge mixed-signal technology. In worldwide tests, SolarMagic has increased energy production by up to 25 percent and has recovered up to 75 percent of power lost to mismatch – regardless of cell technology – giving installation owners more predictable power output and increased return on investment.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known for its easy-to-use analog integrated circuits and world-class supply chain, National’s high-performance analog products enable its customers’ systems to be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.42 billion for fiscal 2010. Additional information is available at www.national.com.