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National Semiconductor Introduces Industry’s First Analog Design Tools in Japanese, Chinese Languages

WEBENCH Tools Make Power, Lighting and Sensing System Design Easy

Aug 23, 2010

August 23, 2010 – National Semiconductor Corp (NYSE:NSM) today announced that its award-winning WEBENCH® Designer tools are now available both online and offline in Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages. Since its introduction in 1999, expert and novice electronic and mechanical engineers worldwide have used WEBENCH to create over 1.5 million analog designs cost-free and quickly.

National’s unique WEBENCH environment features WEBENCH Visualizer, the only tool to provide visual navigation of virtually unlimited power and lighting designs optimized to meet desired specifications in seconds, and WEBENCH Power Architect, which makes creation of highly optimized multiple load, multiple supply power regulation systems almost effortless.

National is the first to offer online and offline power, lighting, and sensing application design tools supporting both Japanese and Simplified Chinese languages. “The WEBENCH Designer tools offer instant access to the latest models, price, availability and system trade-offs,” said Phil Gibson, vice president of Technical Sales Tools at National Semiconductor. “The design engineer can simultaneously compare the performance of different implementations across vendors and devices and make value-based business decisions in one easy-to-use application.”

The WEBENCH Designer component library includes more than 21,000 components from 110 manufacturers. Price and availability is updated hourly by National’s distribution partners for accurate budgeting and production planning. The user can compare complete system designs and make supply chain trade-offs in minutes. Tools within the site include:

WEBENCH LED Designer- Configure a lighting system with up to 60 LEDs in serial or parallel strings. Select from hundreds of high-brightness LEDs, match an LED with one of National’s PowerWise® energy-efficient LED drivers and create an optimized constant current source power supply circuit in minutes.

WEBENCH Power Designer – Utilize end-to-end power supply design and prototyping tools to create power supplies or DC-DC converters that meet your power design requirements. Find the best switching regulator or MOSFET controller for your application and solve switching power supply design problems before a prototype is built.

WEBENCH Sensor Designer– Create complete circuit solutions from the sensor to serial data out for optical, pressure or temperature sensing applications. Tune these solutions for the accuracy that your budget allows based on real transducers from leading manufacturers.

WEBENCH Power Architect– Combine multiple power loads and complex supplies into highly efficient combinations for design and prototyping of complete power bus topologies. Compare the footprint, price or efficiency impacts of different intermediate supply topologies with ease. Find the best system level power solution for your application in minutes.

To start a cost-free design, visit National’s WEBENCH design environment at http://www.national.com/webench and click the preferred language tab at the top of the page.

Note to editors: To view a high-resolution downloadable photo of these products, visit National's photo gallery at http://www.national.com/analog/pressroom/power.

About National Semiconductor
Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., 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. Additional information is available at www.national.com.