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National Semiconductor, Wyse Technology and Citrix Systems Announce Thin Client @ School Contest 2002

Contest Designed to Stimulate Innovative Use of Thin-Client Technology

Dec 18, 2001

December 18, 2001 - National Semiconductor Corporation, Wyse Technology and Citrix Systems, Inc. today announced the sponsorship of the Thin Client @ School? Contest 2002 to encourage innovative use of thin-client technology among K-12 schools nationwide.   The contest will award a complete thin-client solution valued at $112,000 to the school with the most innovative plan for deployment of easy-to-use, affordable and reliable thin-client technology and curriculum integration.   Electronic applications will be accepted from January 7, 2002 to March 1, 2002 at:
www.national.com/thinclient@school-award2002
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Eligibility: The Thin Client @ School Contest 2002 is open to all public, private and parochial K-12 schools in the United States.

Award Package: The winning school will receive a complete thin-client solution including 30 Wyse?Winterm? 3730LE Windows-based terminals (with integrated monitors) powered by National's Geode? technology; Citrix? MetaFrame XP? application server software for 70 concurrent users; National's Global Connections Internet training course for teachers; servers; operating system software; installation and technical training from sponsor-certified integrators. 

Announcement of Winner.  The winning school will be selected by a panel of independent judges and announced at the 23rd annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio, TX, on June 17, 2002.   

About Thin Client @ School Contest
The Thin Client @ School Contest, co-sponsored by National Semiconductor, Wyse Technology and Citrix Systems, was launched in 2001, attracting more than 100 schools and school districts from all over the country.  Loogootee (Indiana) Jr./Sr. High School won the contest by outlining a creative plan to use thin clients to transform its current career center into a fully accessible and highly functional Career Futures eCenter.  Available to all students, educators, parents and people in the community, the new eCenter will enhance the school's ability to provide information via thin-client/server-based computing applications. 

About Thin Client Technology
A thin client is a desktop appliance with no hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, or other moving components.  Computing power, storage, applications and data are centralized on the server, providing users with easy desktop access to the latest educational tools. Centralized maintenance and updates reduce support costs, provide reliable access to information, and improve control of student access.  Due to its ease-of-use and -maintenance, lower cost of total ownership (TCO) and reliability, thin-client technology is ideal in meeting the computing needs of K-12 schools.

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 the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; displays; information appliances; and information infrastructure. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 9,800 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com
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