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Knowledge is Power: National Semiconductor Kicks Off New Series of European Power Design Technical Courses

Design Engineers Invited to Participate in Day-long Courses in Seven Cities

May 10, 2006

May 10, 2006 – National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) will bring its “Knowledge is Power” technical courses on power management design to seven cities in Europe next month.  This follows the success of the company’s previous series of courses held earlier this year in seven cities throughout Europe and Israel.

The courses, which will be held from June 12-22, will provide designers with in-depth technical training in power supply design and analysis. Experts from National Semiconductor, the market leader in power management ICs, and guest speakers from Coilcraft and the University of Salerno in Italy, will cover techniques, topologies and tools to address designers’ real-world design needs.

Each of the one-day courses will consist of five training segments:

  • High-Current Buck Switching Power Supply Design
    Session one covers practical, step-by-step design optimization procedures for high-current, synchronous rectification buck designs, with particular emphasis on the exploration of feasible system designs.
  • Forward Active Clamp Design
    This segment covers the fundamentals of isolated power supply topologies, including the advantages and trade-offs of each topology. It also includes a detailed, step-by-step design optimization of a dual-output, forward active clamp isolated power supply.
  • New Power Supply Solutions
    Segment three contains an overview of National’s online design tools, which greatly simplify power supply design.  It will also cover new product introductions, as well as services offered by National’s new Power Application Design Center in Europe. 
  • Practical Design Considerations
    This segment covers the practical aspects of switching power supplies that are difficult to predict with mathematical and simulation tools. Design examples show how to optimize EMI noise, PCB layout, and thermal and voltage stresses on switching power supplies.
  • Optimizing Magnetics Selection and Design for Power Supplies
    National’s experts will conclude with a review of inductor selection and transformer design for switching power supplies. This segment also includes an in-depth explanation of step-by-step transformer design techniques for forward active clamp circuits based on the design example used in training segment four.

Registration is required to guarantee a place, which includes lunch and presentation handbook. For detailed information and registration, see www.national.com/see/powercourses.

Seminar Dates and Locations:
June 12:  Padua, Italy
June 13:  Vienna, Austria
June 14:  Stuttgart, Germany
June 19:  Zurich, Switzerland
June 20:  Kamen/Dortmund, Germany
June 21:  Paris, France
June 22:  Prague, Czech Republic

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, communication 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, California, National reported sales of $1.91 billion for fiscal 2005, which ended May 29, 2005.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com