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National Semiconductor’s WEBENCH Active Filter Designer Toolset Named a Finalist in DesignVision Awards

Jan 25, 2006

January 25, 2006 - National Semiconductor’s WEBENCH® online design environment has been selected from a field of hundreds as a finalist in the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) DesignVision Awards. 

The DesignVision Awards program recognizes technologies, applications, products and services judged to be the most unique and beneficial to the industry over the past year. The winners will be announced on Feb. 7 during a special media reception at IEC’s DesignCon 2006 in Santa Clara, Calif.

“The DesignVision Awards recognize innovative products and services that support the work of electronic design engineers, the core audience at DesignCon,” said Dr. Barry Sullivan, DesignCon 2006 Program Director. “The IEC is pleased to provide this recognition to companies whose products exemplify our standard of service to the industry."

The IEC selected the WEBENCH Active Filter Designer tool as one of three finalists in the system-level design tools category based on its innovation, market impact and benefits to customers. Using the tool, engineers can create a complete active filter design in minutes, greatly reducing the work hours needed to develop sophisticated filters for data acquisition and signal-conditioning applications.  Designed by National employees from the ground up, the tool lets engineers design advanced, highly customized filters for standard filter types up to ninth order in low pass, high pass and band pass architectures. 

“Using the WEBENCH Active Filter Designer, engineers can create highly complex filters in minutes using National’s wide range of high-performance amplifiers. This gets you from theory to an active filter evaluation board faster than any other way,” said Phil Gibson, National Semiconductor’s vice president of technical sales tools.

Designers may use the WEBENCH Active Filter Designer to develop more than 200,000 customized low-pass filters using any of National’s 180 operational amplifiers.

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.