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National Announces Worldwide Design Contest For COP8FLASH Microcontrollers

Cash And Product Prizes Totalling Over $300,000 Include Three Grand Cash Prizes Worth $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 - Closing Date For First Round Entries is December 31, 2000

Dec 11, 2000

December 11, 2000 - Following the introduction of its new COP8FLASH microcontroller family, National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) has announced a worldwide "Convert Your Designs To COP8FLASH" design contest with cash and product prizes worth over $300,000. 

Initial contest applications, in the form of a written design ideas incorporating COP8FLASH, must be submitted prior to December 31, 2000, the initial closing date for applications.  Up to 1,000 entries will be selected for participation in the second round of the contest.  

Second-round contestants will be notified by the end of January 2001, and will receive a COP8FLASH development tool and sample devices valued at $265.  From February 1st to April 15th, 2001, the second-round contestants will have time to design, build and test their application. Completed design entries, filed according to the terms and conditions of the contest, must be received by National no later than April 15th, 2001.

Contestants qualifying for the second round will have the chance to win one of the three cash "Grand Prizes" of $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.  In addition, designs submitted prior to March 10 will be eligible for one of thirty "application-of-the-day" awards - these designs will be displayed on National's COP8FLASH website and receive a $100 prize.

The exact terms and conditions of the contest as well as the submittal forms are available on National Semiconductor's website under the following URL:  www.national.com/cop8flash.

National's 8-bit COP8FLASH microcontroller provides up to 32 KB of on board flash usable as data or program storage and is specified for 100,000 delete/write cycles. The IC also offers virtual EEPROM functionality, in-system programming (ISP) and a large number of special integrated analog and mixed-signal functions designed to simplify control of information appliances and Internet-controlled applications. These functions include 16-channel, 10-bit analog to digital conversion (ADC), USART, watchdog, pulse monitor, analog multiplexer, up to 50 high-current outputs, three 16-bit timers, and EMI reduction. National's COP8FLASH microcontrollers also allow software upgrades to be downloaded from the Internet to the target application in the field, without the use of external hardware. For this purpose, National offers a whole range of development tools with which the designer can create a complete, first design prototype. The in-system/real-time emulation of analog signals is 100% correct.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor provides system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of the-art digital technology, the company's chips lead many sectors of the personal computer, communications, and consumer markets. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 10,500 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com