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Analog Guru Bob Pease to Talk Shop with Digital Wizard Dr. Howard Johnson on National Semiconductor’s Analog by Design Show

Reality TV Show for Analog Engineers to Focus on High-speed Data Transfer

Feb 21, 2006

February 21, 2006 - The next episode of National Semiconductor Corporation’s (NYSE:NSM) Analog by Design Show, National’s online alternative to reality TV for analog engineers, will be hosted by Bob Pease, National’s analog design guru, and Dr. Howard Johnson, the author of High-speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic and a leading authority on signal-integrity techniques. 

The featured topic of this two-part show is high-speed data transfer, but Pease and Johnson will also cover the latest developments in analog, digital and everything in between.  Engineers who tune in will learn how to minimize the high-speed design challenges they face through real-world illustrations based on National’s gigahertz-speed family of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), Xilinx’ VirtexTM-4 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), RF signal processing and National’s WaveVision 4 ADC evaluation software.  Part one of this episode will premiere on February 28 and is available for viewing at http://www.national.com/nationaltv/.  Part two will debut on March 28. 

Joining Pease and Johnson are guests Paul Rako, a system design engineer with National’s Webench® online software development team; Cary Eskow, technical director at Avnet Electronics Marketing; Ian King, a systems engineer in National’s Data Conversion Group responsible for applications for National’s gigahertz-speed ADCs; and Panch Chandrasekaran, connectivity marketing manager at Xilinx. 

In November 2005, National and Xilinx introduced a new development platform that the companies created to ease the design of high-speed data acquisition systems.  The platform includes a Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGA and one of National’s gigahertz-speed ADCs, such as the ADC08D1500.  More information about National’s and Xilinx’ products is available at http://xilinx.national.com.

About the Analog by Design Show
Launched in 2003, National’s Analog by Design Show is the semiconductor industry’s first webcast for analog engineers and provides solutions to real-world design challenges in an informative, entertaining talk show format.  Each program features in-depth discussion of technical topics and lab demonstrations.  Viewers also may link to other useful National sites such as the Analog University® online educational forum, Knowledge Base, Featured Communities and the Webench toolset. 

This episode of the Analog by Design Show is sponsored by Avnet Electronics Marketing.

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