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Wall Street Journal Names SolarMagic Power Optimizer Runner-Up for 2009 Technology Innovation Award

Sep 17, 2009

September 17, 2009 - National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) today announced that its SolarMagic™ power optimizer was named a runner-up in the Energy category for the Wall Street Journal’s 2009 Technology Innovation Awards.

The Wall Street Journal received 500 nominations for this year’s competition, a record for the nine year running award program. A panel of judges was assembled to evaluate products that were truly revolutionary, and this year considered their value in a down economy.

Judges noted SolarMagic power optimizers and their ability to generate more power when panels are in the shade. Shade, debris and other forms of panel mismatch affecting just a single solar panel can cause the entire array to underperform. For example, as little as 10 percent shade on one panel can result in a 50 percent energy loss. However, with SolarMagic power optimizers, an array owner can recoup over 50 percent of lost power.

In May, SolarMagic received the prestigious Intersolar Award 2009 in the Photovoltaics category. The Wall Street Journal’s recognition marks the latest milestone for SolarMagic as industry experts begin to note SolarMagic power optimizers’ success in maximizing the energy output of solar arrays when affected by real-world conditions.

For more information on SolarMagic, visit www.solarmagic.com.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is a leader in analog power management technology. Its products include easy-to-use integrated circuits, PowerWise products that enable more energy-efficient systems, and SolarMagic products which improve the energy output of solar arrays. The company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.89 billion for fiscal 2008. Additional information is available at www.national.com.