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Thin Clients Provide Greater Reliability and Maximize Teaching, Learning Time

Oct 24, 2000

October 24, 2000 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) and its partners Wyse? Technology, the worldwide leader in thin-client computing, and Microsoft? Corporation (Nasdaq:MSFT), announced today they have established a Thin-Client Lab at the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE).  Thin clients, display devices networked to powerful servers, have replaced outdated personal computers in SCCOE's echnology ab where they provide access to prolific, Windows?-based programs as well as a host of educational software packages.  

Benefits of Thin Clients
SCCOE's Thin-Client Lab will provide teachers with the genuine look and feel of personal computers while providing added reliability, security and durability at a fraction of the cost.  The Wyse Winterm Windows-based terminals, powered by National Semiconductor's Geode? integrated microprocessor, have no internal moving parts such as fans or disk drives, which can breakdown and require replacement.  In addition they have no local storage that would enable the introduction of computer viruses onto the desktop.  This provides nearly 100 percent uptime and allows students to spend more time using information resources to improve their education experience.

In addition to centralized software management, enhanced security and a desktop experience as rich as a PC, thin clients offer significantly reduced Total-Cost-of Ownership (TCO) thanks to simplified software upgrades and exponentially lower demands on technical support.  This enables teachers to spend more time working on technology projects -such as accessing the Internet and using educational software-- rather than spending time fixing and upgrading PCs or adjusting software programs to suit each individual workstation.  

The three-year old computers in SCCOE's lab needed new hard drives, more memory, and weeks of technical staff time to install the new components.  Powers needed the lab up and running within a month for the Internet Institute, an intensive training workshop.  With support from National Semiconductor and their partners, FutureLink installed 25 Wyse Winterms and servers to run the latest Windows productivity software within days.

"Using information appliances such as thin clients is the optimal solution for schools.  Students and teachers simply don't need complex, expensive PCs to access the Internet, communicate via email or work on writing projects," said Brian Halla, Chairman, President and CEO of National Semiconductor.  National makes the Geode? integrated microprocessor as well as various analog devices for thin clients.  

National Semiconductor, Wyse and Microsoft worked to outfit SCCOE's Thin-Client Lab.  National spearheaded the project, upgraded the office's two Dell servers, donated 25 color monitors and software and hired an integrator, Pleasanton-based FutureLink, to install the equipment and provide technical support, training and software testing.  Wyse donated 25 Winterm 3200LE thin clients and Microsoft, Northern California District, donated Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition.

"Teachers and their students can now spend more time learning by using thin clients," said Colleen B. Wilcox, Ph.D., Superintendent of Santa Clara County Schools.  "We were seeking a reliable, easy-to-manage and cost-effective solution for our lab.  We've found it with this technology." 
 "Our increasingly budget-strapped schools are looking to alternative technology approaches to give tomorrow's Information Technology leaders the tools they need to succeed," said Jeff McNaught, vice president of customer marketing for Wyse Technology.  The replacement of PCs with thin clients at SCCOE's technology lab highlights modern education's forward-thinking attitude and stands an example of an easily-implemented, ready-made solution to help schools access information affordably."

In order to help spread the word about the effectiveness of thin clients in education, National has produced a Web site: www.national.com/thinclient@school
 and has published a guide as part of its Thin Client@School? initiative.  The Thin Client@School Guide serves as a "how to" for schools and district offices considering the technology. 

About WYSE Technology
Wyse Technology is the worldwide leader in thin-client devices, and is driving the Post-PC Era for business. Wyse's Winterm line of business appliances is changing the desktop landscape by helping people communicate and access information affordably, regardless of where it resides.  Through its channel of Authorized Winterm Partners and well-known original equipment manufacturers' (OEM) labels worldwide, Wyse has helped CIOs worldwide reduce the costs and complexity of modern IT infrastructures by eliminating the reliance on personal computers as the only desktop device for business.  The company maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and Hsin Chu, Taiwan, with offices worldwide.  For more information, visit the Wyse Website at www.wyse.com
 or call 1-800-GET-WYSE.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is leveraging its world leadership in analog technology to provide system-on-a-chip solutions for the information age.  While continuing to grow its robust analog products businesses, National is also focusing intensely on the emerging market for Information Appliances - easy to use, low-cost devices that access the Internet.  With headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., National has annual sales of more than $2.1 billion and 10,500 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com