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National Semiconductor to Showcase New Conceptual Products and Next-Generation Information Appliances at Comdex 2001, Las Vegas

National's Geode Origami Mobile Communicator and 20 Other New Products and Technologies will be on Display for People Who Are "Pioneering the Digital Lifestyle"

Nov 11, 2001

LAS VEGAS, NV - COMDEX - November 11, 2001 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today unveiled nearly two dozen new products and technologies for the emerging Information Appliance (IA) market at COMDEX 2001. At National's booth (North Hall, #L3005) visitors will enjoy a lush tropical jungle setting while viewing live demonstrations of exciting Information Appliance products that are new to the market or will be introduced in 2002.

Highlighting this year's Comdex is National's new Geode? Origami? Mobile Communicator, a multifunction conceptual device that combines a digital camera, streaming online digital camcorder, videoconferencing, Internet surfing, PDA and email. When docked, the device also functions as an Internet picture frame that displays photos and videos. Origami uses many products from National's unique product portfolio including power management, audio, display, graphics, wireless connectivity and the Geode integrated processor.

"The Origami Mobile Communicator is an exciting conceptual device that showcases the broad range and depth of National's analog, digital and mixed-signal technologies," said Brian Halla, CEO, National Semiconductor. "From audio and video to displays and wireless, we have all the key technologies that are enabling tomorrow's digital lifestyle."

Under the theme,  "Pioneering the Digital Lifestyle," National and its partner companies are also featuring:

  • WebPAD? devices from Samsung, eLabs and others   
  • Residential gateways from IBM, Everex and others    
  • Thin clients from IBM, Wyse, Compaq and more   
  • Set-top boxes from Mediabolic, iDVDBox and more   
  • Bluetooth? wireless technology- National's 2nd generation technologies and production-ready Bluetooth accessory modules

Also at this year's Comdex, National Semiconductor CEO Brian Halla will speak at a panel titled "Pioneering the Digital Lifestyle: Movers and Shakers Driving Digital Technology Beyond the PC." The panel, hosted by Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 3 pm in Ballroom C of the Las Vegas Hilton. 

Here are just a few of the other cutting-edge Geode-based products that National Semiconductor will highlight at Comdex.

National is showcasing another conceptual device, the Geode? Mobile Gateway, a wireless Internet access point and personal server in a PDA-size portable footprint. The small powerful device demonstrates the convergence of broadband mobile communications with personal wireless networks, and allows handheld devices such as Origami to seamlessly connect to different networks, such as Bluetooth?, 802.11 and GSM, as the user moves between the home, office and outdoors. The Mobile Gateway will store and retrieve local content in it's Compact Flash storage, while also accessing the infinite storage of the Internet.  National developed the product in conjunction with eLabs and Century Software.  It features a high performance, low power Geode SC3200 processor, National's Bluetooth Compact Flash card and Century Software's Linux OS.

Legend Holdings Limited, a top-ranked computer manufacturer in Asia Pacific, selected the WebPAD platform for a new personal Internet access device designed for China's mid-career and older populations. Comdex attendees can see demos of the Legend Tianle, now available in Beijing, which is designed to meet the needs of older adults seeking a simplified experience for surfing the Internet.

National Semiconductor and Mediabolic, Inc. will demo the Mediabolic ONE, a new convergence platform also based on National's Geode technology. The demonstration will show multiple devices communicating with each other and a PC across a local area network to distribute music, photos and videos. All the devices are based on National's Geode processor.

National, NEC and Tatung will be demonstrating a new Web-based tablet that delivers exciting streaming media experience for Web browsing, email, and streaming audio and video through wireless and broadband connections.  The WEB Tablet TWN5213 is powered by National's Geode C3200 single-chip solution and uses Microsoft's Windows CE.NET operating system.

In addition to the National booth, show attendees are invited to see demonstrations of other new products containing National technologies at the Information Appliance Pavilion, located near National's booth in the North Hall.

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