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National Semiconductor Opens New European Power Application Design Center

Mar 1, 2006

March 1, 2006  –  National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) today announced the opening of a new Power Application Design Center in Europe to strengthen application- and system-support services for engineers designing power supplies and power-management systems.

Located within the company’s European headquarters in Fuerstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, the Center gives power designers a full spectrum of engineering services, including reference designs, product selection, circuit design, board layout and problem analysis.

“National’s new Design Center addresses the increasing need for intelligent power-supply and power-management solutions for a wide range of applications, such as automotive, industrial, medical and telecom infrastructure,” said John Phelps, National Semiconductor’s vice president and general manager for Europe.

“As power-supply solutions get more and more complex, the need for application support and design expertise grows exponentially. We want our customers to concentrate on their core competencies, while we provide all the technical expertise they’ll need to optimize energy-efficient power management systems,” Phelps said.

In addition to working directly with customers, National provides many power-application design services on its award-winning Web site, www.national.com.  These include an ever-expanding list of free reference designs, educational online seminars and National’s WEBENCH® online development tool.

About the Power Application Design Center
Europe’s new Power Application Design Center is equipped with the latest measurement and testing devices, state-of-the-art layout and simulation software, and equipment for milling and soldering printed circuit boards. The laboratory uses only components that comply with the European Union’s restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) standard.

At the Center, developers will be able to create power solutions ranging from just a few watts to more than 1 kW for output voltages ranging from less than one volt to several hundred volts, and for currents up to and exceeding the 100 Ampère mark. Through special arrangements with selected vendors, the Design Center also supports designers using high-voltage and power components outside of National’s product portfolio.

About National’s Power Management Products 
National Semiconductor is the number one supplier of power management ICs with approximately 14 percent market share, according to iSuppli’s 2005 voltage regulator/reference survey.  National’s power management revenue grew 37.3 percent in 2004 over the previous year, compared to 24 percent growth for the industry.  National's innovative power management products include best-in-class linear regulators; power monitoring, control and reference ICs; and switching converters, such as high-voltage ICs for DC-DC conversion, switched capacitor converters, lighting management ICs and inductive switching converters.  National also offers online tools that enable power designers to select the best power management chips for their applications.  National's WEBENCH design tool allows designers to choose a product, create and analyze a design, and then build custom prototypes that can be delivered within 48 hours in Europe.  More information about National’s power management products is available at http://power.national.com
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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
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