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National Semiconductor Welcomes China to World Semiconductor Council

China Semiconductor Industry Association Joins World's Chip Industries to Share Best Practices, Discuss Mutual Concerns

Jun 16, 2006

June 16, 2006 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) today enthusiastically welcomed China's participation in the World Semiconductor Council (WSC).  Now that the China Semiconductor Industry Association (CSIA) has officially joined the WSC, it will enable all major countries' semiconductor companies to share best practices on critical industry matters such as environmental initiatives and eliminating trade barriers as well as intellectual copyright issues. 

CSIA's decision to join the Council will also foster stronger business ties between the United States and China and improve the likelihood that trade and IP protection issues will be resolved amicably.

"This is a victory, and we are happy to welcome the CSIA to the World Semiconductor Council," said Brian L. Halla, chairman and CEO of National Semiconductor and chairman of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). "China is now the world's largest and fastest-growing major semiconductor market and therefore has a large stake in future growth of the microchip industry.  China's domestic semiconductor industry would benefit from active involvement in the WSC, which has become an increasingly important forum for cooperation to protect intellectual property, eliminate trade barriers, lower costs to consumers, and preserve the environment."

At formal ceremonies held by the WSC and CSIA this week in Beijing, China, Halla praised China's decision to join the WSC.  The WSC, which Halla also chairs this year, represents all of the world's major chip manufacturers and fosters collaboration on issues of worldwide significance to the industry.

The SIA held its first-ever board of directors meeting in China in Beijing on June 14.  As part of the arrangement, the CSIA announced that it intends to participate in future WSC meetings, which will bring together 15 to 20 CEOs from chip manufacturers representing the United States, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and China.  The most recent WSC session was held in San Francisco in May 2006. 

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 and a variety of broad electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $2.16 billion for fiscal 2006, which ended May 28, 2006.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com