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National Semiconductor Announces "Full Type-Approved" GSM Chipset that Enables the Next Generation of Tri-Band Mobile Phones

National's Wireless Technology Provides an Integrated Silicon Solution to Power Market's Smallest, Lightest Phones and Enable Latest Communications Features

Dec 3, 2001

December 3, 2001 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today introduced a GSM chipset which integrates a transceiver, power management chip, and analog and digital basebands, clearly demonstrating National's complete system solutions and marking the company's entry into the tri-band GSM market space.  The chipset is now in full volume production with a leading European manufacturer in that company's smallest, lightest phone to date.  This phone recently received full type approval.

"This chipset demonstrates National's broad range of expertise, from wireless and processor technology to our industry-leading power management, audio, operational amplifier and data conversion products.  It also furthers our strategy of using highly-integrated silicon solutions to increase National's market share in information devices such as cellular phones," said Jean-Louis Bories, executive vice president of National's Information Appliance and Wireless Division.  "National's GSM chipset offers our customers the best value on the market.   Its benefits include reduced size and weight, extended battery life and talk time, and a wide range of new phone features."

The chipset is designed for the next generation of tri-band GSM mobile phones that include features such as enhanced messaging service, a chat function and WAP.  The chipset's small form factor and high level of integration enable manufacturers to produce a phone that is approximately the length and width of a credit card.

About the Chipset
National Semiconductor's GSM chipset provides a complete solution for today's tri-band phones, enabling worldwide coverage, and drawing on National's leadership in systems integration and advanced analog technology.  The chipset's architecture is designed for the requirements of today's mobile phones, with the flexibility to migrate into GPRS applications in the near future.

The chipset includes a radio transceiver, baseband, analog integration and power management unit.  The chipset utilizes advanced design techniques such as a distributed DSP architecture in the baseband to significantly reduce the processor power required.  In addition, voltage and frequency scaling allows the power to be optimized depending on the task the phone is performing.  The analog systems are highly-integrated, incorporating complete audio systems and all the power support for the battery fuel gauge and charging, display backlight and vibrating alert drives.

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; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for fiscal year 2001 and employs about 9,700 people worldwide.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com