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National Semiconductor's WEBENCH Active Filter Designer Named Innovation of the Year in EDN Magazine's 15th Annual Innovator Awards

Mar 9, 2005

March 9, 2005 - National Semiconductor’s (NYSE:NSM) WEBENCH® Online Design Environment has been selected from hundreds of entries as the winner of EDN Magazine’s 2004 Innovator/Innovation Awards.  Instituted in 1990, the Innovation Awards honor the people, products and technologies that have shaped the semiconductor industry during the past year.  EDN announced the Innovator/Innovation winners at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco the evening of March 7, 2005.

EDN selected National Semiconductor’s WEBENCH Active Filter Designer as the winner in the EDA (electronic design automation) category for its ability to speed the creation of sophisticated filters for data acquisition and signal conditioning applications.  Designed from the ground up, the online tool lets engineers design advanced, highly customized filters for all standard filter types: low pass, high pass, band pass and band stop.  To view a demonstration showing how to create a 9th order low-pass filter with Bessel response in seconds, see http://filterdemo.national.com/
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“It is an honor to be recognized as an analog innovation leader in the EDA field,” said Phil Gibson, vice president of National Semiconductor’s Corporate Marketing group.  “National first broke ground in this area with the EDN’s 2001 Innovation of the Year selection for the WEBENCH toolset for power supplies.  Since our beginning with the first WEBENCH release in 2000, we continue to develop tools for analog designers that make it easier for them to do their jobs.  Winning the EDN Innovation of the Year Award for the WEBENCH Active Filter Designer is further indication of National Semiconductor’s success in the development of design tools for analog engineers.”

How EDN Chose Innovators
Electronics-industry professionals make the initial nominations, and EDN’s editors choose the finalists. The manufacturers of this year’s nominated products must have introduced and commercially marketed those products in the 2004 calendar year.  A combination of voting by readers, the EDN Editorial Advisory Board, and the EDN editors chose the winners.

“Innovation is the heart and soul of engineering, and these awards demonstrate that the search for new technologies to improve quality of life is alive and well in the global semiconductor industry,” said John Dodge, EDN editor in chief. “We applaud all the engineers who are dedicated to nurturing the spirit of discovery and invention.”

About EDN
EDN, the premier design magazine of the electronics industry, is published by Reed Business Information. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, EDN serves the vital information needs of design engineers and engineering managers worldwide. The EDN franchise includes EDN, EDN Europe, EDN Asia, EDN China, EDN Japan, and EDN.com, the only full-content, EOEM publication and Web site.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates high-performance 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 markets include wireless handsets, displays, PCs and laptops.  The company's analog products are also optimized for numerous applications in a variety of electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement.  Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.98 billion for fiscal 2004, which ended May 30, 2004.  Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com.

Note to Editors: To view a high-resolution downloadable photo of the award, visit National's photo gallery.