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‘Meeting Signal-Path Design Challenges:’ National Semiconductor Presents Free Analog Seminars Highlighting Tools, Techniques and Products That Slash Time-to-Market

Day-Long Technical Seminars Led by Top National Technologists Kick Off Global Tour

Feb 22, 2005

February 22, 2005 - National Semiconductor Corporation’s (NYSE:NSM) technology experts will go on tour to share the latest analog technology and design tools at 34 free, live seminars to be held around the world. ‘Meeting Signal-Path Design Challenges’ is the theme of the 2005 global Signal-Path Seminar Series hosted by National Semiconductor’s Analog University.

Presented by the company’s analog signal-path experts, the one-day intensive technical seminars will take place from April 4 through May 20, 2005 in Europe and the Americas. (Please visit www.national.com/analogseminars
for complete date and location information). In the fall, the seminars will be available at locations throughout Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region.

National’s signal-path seminar is created to meet the needs of professional design engineers and engineering managers. These full-day technical sessions focus on designing with high-performance signal conditioning, conversion and serial data transfer solutions. They are designed to provide engineers with the most up-to-date tools, techniques, and products needed to create precision, high-speed, and high-performance signal-path solutions.

At each session, National’s gurus will discuss analog theory and applications, new topologies, design troubleshooting, as well as the latest high-performance products. Lunch will be provided and each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the ‘Bob Pease 2005 Lab Notes,’ a 48-page compilation of Bob’s handwritten lab notes, complete with coffee stains.

 “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to share National’s expertise in signal-path analog solutions with a global audience,” said Suneil Parulekar, National Semiconductor’s senior vice president and general manager, Analog Products Group. “The seminars are led by National’s experts and offer participants the latest information and tools they can use to design-in high-performance products.”
Topics for National’s 2005 Signal-Path Seminar include:

  • Selecting the right operational amplifier, data conversion and serial data transfer components for an application
  • Designing with high-precision sensor front ends
  • Differentiating your system with high-quality audio solutions
  • Maximizing signal integrity through good analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) design practices
  • Designing for lowest noise and electro-magnetic interference (EMI) to enhance system performance
  • Robust, high-speed serial data-transfer solutions from National, the inventor of Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) technology
  • Practical application examples including active filter design using National's award-winning WEBENCH® design environment

Since 1984, National has conducted these highly practical technical seminars that contain a blend of analog design concepts, tutorial review of basic principles, and "hands-on" application examples. 
Pre-registration is required to guarantee that there are sufficient seats, lunches and handbooks at each seminar for all attendees. To find a listing of seminar dates and locations, and register to attend one of the no-cost sessions, please go to
www.national.com/analogseminars. In the Americas, the 2005 Analog Seminar Series is co-sponsored by National’s distribution partners, ArrowAvnetDigi-Key and Future Electronics.

People who are unable to attend a live session in a city nearby may view National’s Analog University, which includes a library of archived online seminars.

About National’s Analog University
Since March 2003 when it was originally opened, Analog University has established a strong presence on the Internet, with more than 100,000 visitors per year. All online Analog University classes are interactive multimedia learning experiences focused on the latest in-depth techniques for designing new products with National's analog components. Each class module is built around a lesson plan designed by one or more of the 16 expert National engineers who form the university's core faculty. Most lessons begin with an hour-long online streaming media seminar. Students may access new live seminars or choose among 50 archived seminars presented by the Analog University faculty member engineers.

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
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