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National Semiconductor Receives Award From Microsoft as Windows Embedded Partner of the Year

Dec 3, 2001

December 3, 2001 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) today announced Microsoft Corp. has named National as a Windows Embedded Partner of the Year.  The award was given in the silicon vendor category, one of six categories in Microsoft's annual awards program.

"We are honored to be included in the select group of vendors that Microsoft recognizes as special partners each year," said Brett Pardikes, strategic alliance manager at National.  "Working closely with Microsoft, we have developed system level solutions that blend the richness of the Windows Embedded operating system with the competitive price, low power and optimum performance of National's Geode? processor."

National was chosen because of its strategic importance to Microsoft, for its ability to bring exciting and strategic products to market, and because Microsoft believes National is a key player in bringing designs based on Windows Embedded to market expeditiously.

Each year, Microsoft selects two to four vendors from each category to be recognized as Partners of the Year.  This year's awards were presented at the Windows Embedded Partner Summit event in Las Vegas on Nov. 27.

"In the highly competitive device market, OEMs need reliable and powerful microprocessors for use in their Windows Powered designs," said Scott Horn, director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp.  "National Semiconductor was a natural choice for the Windows Embedded Partner of the Year award in the silicon vendor category because its processors enable OEMs to quickly and cost-effectively create powerful and feature rich Windows Powered devices."

National's family of Geode silicon solutions, optimized for major market segments, leverages an extensive integrated x86 computing infrastructure for maximum compatibility, high-end multimedia and rapid time-to-market.  Featuring reduced power consumption, maximum Internet compatibility and intelligent integration, the Geode family of processors is specially designed to power information appliances.

About National
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