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Oct 31, 2000

October 31, 2000 - National Semiconductor (NYSE:NSM) announced today that its silicon and Geode™ reference design are the architecture behind a new Internet appliance providing consumers with practically instant access to the Internet.

Compaq's (NYSE:CPQ) new iPAQ™ Home Internet Appliance IA-2 is powered by National's Geode processor, which delivers powerful, easy-to-use multimedia technology by integrating on-chip graphics, audio, memory control, and PCI interface.  Further, the processor's x86 architecture supports popular software plug-in modules for the Internet, allowing iPAQ IA-2 users to maximize their Internet experience. 

In all, National provides about 80 percent of the silicon that makes up the new iPAQ IA-2.  Along with the Geode GX1 processor at the heart of the system, it contains a Geode CS5530A companion chip, National's Super I/O, and many industry-leading analog parts that provide prolonged battery life and enhanced performance, including power management and audio ICs, and operational amplifiers.  Further, National's reference design is both software and hardware production ready, and enabled Compaq to make production shipments of the iPAQ IA-2 in a record time.

"Compaq has teamed up with National to provide our customers a fast and easy way to get connected to the Internet," said Jim Ganthier, Director and General Manager Inter-Connected Products Group, Compaq Computer Corporation.  "With our experience as a leader in Internet access devices and National's leadership in developing information appliance technology, we had the right combination to bring easy Internet access to novice web users." 

Compaq has a long history of working with National on consumer products - a relationship that led to the adoption of the Geode platform and silicon in Compaq's new iPAQ IA-2.

"National is intent on providing a complete solution to our customers.  From the initial reference design to final prototype, National engineers and developers work closely with OEMs like Compaq to successfully convert their concepts to a production ready Information Appliance," said Michael Polacek, Vice President and General Manager of National's Information Appliance Group.  "We are proud to collaborate with the world-leader in PCs to develop a revolutionary Internet access device that will bring everyday Internet access into households nationwide."

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.