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National Semiconductor Assumes Leadership Role in Wireless Home Market as Key Promoter Member of HomeRF Working Group

National is Premier Silicon Supplier in Restructured HomeRF Working Group Focused on Promoting Large-Scale Deployment of Interoperable Wireless Devices for the Home

Nov 6, 2000

November 6, 2000 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced that it has assumed a leadership position in the HomeRF? Working Group as one of six Promoter member companies named to drive the newly reorganized standards body. National, in conjunction with the HomeRF Working Group, is developing wireless networking products based on the HomeRF protocol for 2.4GHz radio frequency (RF) technologies optimized for the home environment.

"The HomeRF Working Group's reorganization will allow it to champion the benefits of the HomeRF standard, and the appointment of our six Promoter companies, who are leaders in each of their industries, will be key to this refocused organization," said Kevin Negus, Chairperson, HomeRF Working Group. "National Semiconductor is an innovator in the wireless arena, and will be the premier silicon provider leading the HomeRF Working Group and driving the adoption of HomeRF."

"National Semiconductor believes that HomeRF will be the dominant standard in the home environment because it supports high-quality voice and data transmission, and will benefit from the recent FCC ruling that will allow transmission speeds to increase five fold," said William Stacy, vice president of National's wireless product group. "There are numerous HomeRF-enabled applications in production and under development, and National is well positioned to be the leading silicon supplier for these solutions."

In September, National announced that it was joining forces with Proxim, a leader in wireless LAN technology, to jointly develop wireless home networking products based on the HomeRF protocol for 2.4GHz radio frequency technologies. These National-Proxim wireless modem products will allow fast, secure Internet access, multimedia, gaming and clear voice (wireless telephony) over distances up to 150 feet.

About The HomeRF Working Group
Launched in March 1998, the Home Radio Frequency Working Group has developed a single specification (the Shared Wireless Access Protocol - SWAP) for a broad range of interoperable consumer devices. SWAP is an open industry specification that allows PCs, peripherals, cordless telephones and other consumer electronic devices to share and communicate voice and data in and around the home without the complication and expense associated with running new wires. SWAP-compliant products operate in the license-free 2.4 GHz frequency band and utilize frequency-hopping spread spectrum RF technology for secure and robust wireless communications. The current membership of the group reaches nearly 100 companies and is made up of leading companies across the PC, consumer electronics, networking, peripherals, communications, software, retail channel, home control and semiconductor industries worldwide. For more information and a complete list of members, please visit the web site at www.homerf.org.

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.

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For more information on the HomeRF Working Group please contact: Aaron Dun, Lois Paul and Partners, at 781-238-5784 or [email protected]