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National Semiconductor and Zhejiang University Open Joint Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Laboratory

Sep 16, 2003

HANGZHOU, CHINA - September 16, 2003 - Continuing its commitment to China, National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) today unveiled a joint analog and mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) laboratory with Zhejiang University.  This is National Semiconductor's first analog and mixed-signal IC laboratory with a university in China.

"We are extremely pleased to work with China's leading technical university to build a world-class analog and mixed-signal IC laboratory," said Suneil Parulekar, senior vice president and general manager of National Semiconductor's Analog Products Group.  "The semiconductor market in China is expected to grow dramatically with very high analog content. Proximity to customers is one of the key criteria in our strategy.  We believe that our analog and mixed-signal IC laboratory in Hangzhou will help National address our customers' most urgent needs."

"We are very excited to have an opportunity to work with the world's leading analog company.  National's expertise will help our university become a leading analog and mixed-signal institution in China," said Professor Yan Xiaolang, dean, College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University.  "We look forward to a close partnership and collaboration with National Semiconductor to turn our designs into real silicon."

In the initial setup, the analog and mixed-signal IC laboratory will have more than 20 professors and students working on analog and mixed signal IC designs.  The first designs will focus on power management.  Power management ICs are extremely important as systems require higher power efficiency, more features and smaller form factors.

National Semiconductor's first office in China was set up in Beijing in 1994.  Since then, its presence has expanded to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.  Last November, National Semiconductor started building a test and assembly facility in Suzhou that will start operation in early 2004. 

About Zhejiang University
Based in the city of Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 180 km (111 miles) south of Shanghai, Zhejiang University is one of the top universities in China, especially in engineering. The main campus is located near picturesque West Lake, a famous tourist location. Zhejiang University officially combined with Hangzhou University, Zhejiang Medical University and Zhejiang Agriculture University (all located in the city of Hangzhou) in the summer of 1998. The combined university is called Zhejiang University, which is one of the largest in China.  Presently, 41,000 students attend the university, including 28,000 undergraduates, 9,700 postgraduates working for master's degrees and 4,200 PhD candidates.  More information about Zhejiang University can be found at www.zju.edu.cn

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age.  Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on analog-based semiconductor products, which include stand-alone devices and subsystems in the areas of power management, imaging, display drivers, audio, amplifiers and data conversion.  The company targets key markets such as wireless, displays, PCs, networking and a broad range of portable applications.  With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.67 billion for its most recent fiscal year.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com