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DT Research Inc. Implements National's Geode™ GXLV Processor for DT300 Wireless Thin Client

Nov 16, 1999

November 16, 1999 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced DT Research, Inc., (DTR) has implemented National's integrated computing solution for the newest member of its thin client family, the DT300 Wireless Thin Client. DTR joins National in Las Vegas this week as a systems solution partner in National's booth at Comdex Fall 1999. National will demo DTR's new DT300 in its booth, located at the Las Vegas Convention Center (L3007).

National continues to solidify its presence in the thin client computing market by providing complete systems solutions. The thin client solution incorporated in DTR's DT300 includes the low-power Geode™ GXLV processor and companion southbridge, SuperI/O, audio codec, voltage controller and several other industry-leading peripheral and analog chips from National.

"We are excited with the opportunity to deliver state-of-the-art information appliances to the market around National's components," said Daw Tsai, President of DT Research. "Combining DT Research's systems development background, National's integrated processors and its exemplary support for systems solutions, we look forward to continuing to offer reliable, wide-ranging and quality thin client solutions to our demanding OEM and ODM partners for the appreciable future."

National's highly integrated thin client solutions are providing faster time-to-market for key systems enablers like DTR, offering feature sets tailored to these customers' individual needs. At the heart of National's integrated solutions is its Geode GXLV chip. The processor, which integrates on-chip graphics, audio, memory control and PCI interface, delivers powerful, easy-to-use multimedia technology that is ideal for the thin client environment. National's Geode family has become the processor of choice for Windows-based terminals and other thin client applications -- a market that is growing rapidly among both commercial and consumer users.

"Portable, wireless thin clients are a natural next step for enterprise information access. The proliferation of new thin client solutions continues to validate our approach to this market," said Michael Polacek, National's Vice President of the information appliance division. "By developing partnerships with companies like DT Research, National continues to develop the infrastructure to enable easy information access to everyone. The DT300 is the first result of combining DTR's system development expertise together with our shared goal to expand the thin client market."

Thin clients utilize local processing resources to support user experience such as display and communications, while relying on the server or host computer to store, control and compute data for efficient information access. Based on the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, the DT300 uses the 2.4GHz unlicensed band for its wireless LAN connectivity. The standard model features a 10" touch-integrated LCD interface, a set of high capacity Li-Ion batteries for long battery life and a companion cradle for fast-charging and bearing keyboard, mouse, audio, USB and external display interface. Enhanced local storage and security options are available. It is designed to function as a Windows-based Terminal, an Internet access device, or an information appliance with support for embedded, vertical applications. The DT300 will be available for OEM sampling in January 2000.

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 billion for its last fiscal year and currently has about 11,000 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.

About DT Research
DT Research, established in 1995 and headquartered in Milpitas, California, is a provider of information appliance solutions based on the thin client platform for server-centric, Internet-centric, and vertical applications. Today, DTR's thin client solutions are being shipped by OEMs worldwide. With a team of over 50 systems engineers and manufacturing partners in the Far East, DTR is able to offer OEM and ODM customers with complete thin client solutions, covering a variety of form factors and functions, extending from design to turnkey manufacturing.