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National Semiconductor Ranked by InformationWeek as Second Most Innovative Technology Organization in the U.S.

National’s Unique Approach to Factory Planning Boosts On-Time Delivery by 99 Percent; Company Ranks #2 in InformationWeek 500

Sep 18, 2007

Sept. 18, 2007 – National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) has been named by InformationWeek as one of the most innovative technology organizations in the U.S.  National ranked second on the “InformationWeek 500” list based upon National’s “extraordinary ability to deliver business value through technology innovation and execution.”

In particular, InformationWeek recognized the company’s “Starts Dispatch Project,” a system developed by National’s information systems experts which enables the company to be more responsive to real-time customer and factory conditions.  National has successfully reconfigured its order management and supply chain planning system to more effectively manage inventory, increased on-time delivery to customers and better utilized factory assets. 

National implemented the Starts Dispatch Project in 2006 at its test and assembly facilities in Melaka, Malaysia and Suzhou, China.  Since that time, National's on-time customer delivery for its high-performance, energy-efficient products has increased by 99 percent, and its response time to customer changes has been reduced from 48 hours to four hours. 

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates high-value analog devices and subsystems.  National's leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, interface products and data conversion solutions. National's key analog markets include wireless handsets, displays, communications infrastructure, medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.93 billion for fiscal 2007, which ended May 27, 2007.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com