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National Expands High-Reliability Analog Portfolio With Introduction of Enhanced Plastic Products for Wide Selection of Applications

National’s Enhanced Plastic Portfolio Adds Advanced Military-Grade Features to Amplifiers, Regulators, and SCAN and LVDS Products

Jun 16, 2004

June 16, 2004 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today introduced a new portfolio of 35 enhanced plastic (EP) products that give designers of high-reliability systems access to the latest technology for select military and avionics applications by providing configuration control.  This reduces the cost associated with the internal qualification of commercial off the shelf (COTS) microcircuits. 

 “Following the trend seen in almost every area of electronics, military and avionics systems have gotten smaller and lighter,” said Mike Tekulve, marketing manager of National Semiconductor’s High-Reliability Operations group.  “Commercial pressures on military and aerospace programs have forced a new approach to system design, and finding products to fill the gap between traditional military-grade components and commercial plastic products has become a major challenge to designers of these systems.  With enhanced plastic, National bridges the gap with a portfolio of products that meet the need for ‘more than commercial’ and expands the availability of National’s newer, technologically advanced products for these demanding applications.”

National’s new EP portfolio has the following performance advantages:

  • Configuration control – single fab and single assembly site    
  • Extended temperature performance    
  • Process change notification (PCN)    
  • Qualification and reliability data    
  • Solder (PbSn) lead finish standard    
  • Enhanced support for diminishing manufacturing sources (DMS) issues

With an initial offering of nearly three dozen products, National’s EP portfolio covers a broad range of devices, such as amplifiers, regulators, and SCAN and LVDS solutions.  The EP portfolio supplements National’s continually expanding range of qualified manufacturing line (QML) components and offers a broader component sourcing choice for military and aerospace customers. 

About National’s High-Reliability Products
National Semiconductor is a fully certified QML supplier and has supplied silicon for the military and aerospace markets since 1959. With a broad portfolio of more than 3,000 standard and customized products, National’s chips are found in nearly every military and aerospace sub-system.  National enhances its standard products for customers who require advanced features for select applications.  National develops high-reliability products not just for specific markets such as military/aerospace and avionics, but also for multi-market applications where customers need extra performance such as extended temperature range or improved voltage capability.  For more information on National’s high-reliability products visit http://www.national.com/appinfo/milaero/0,1761,911,00.html

Pricing and Availability
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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