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Partnership Supports Proliferation of Easy-to-Use Internet Access Devices

Nov 16, 1999

November 16, 1999 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) and Doctor Design, Inc., the design center of ISI (NASDAQ: INTS), today announced a partnership that greatly increases support for the development of products based on the National® Geode™ WebPAD™ platform and other related information appliance reference designs. This positions Doctor Design as a premier services organization with the capability to optimize National Semiconductor technology and manufacturing kits to develop groundbreaking new products in the emerging information appliance market.

"This partnership enables National to further accommodate our customers' fast time-to-market demands by offering them Doctor Design's full custom system design services for Geode WebPAD-based products," said Camillo Martino, worldwide director of National's Personal Access Device business unit. "Our customers will benefit from working with an experienced team that has a proven track record of bringing sophisticated product designs to market."

National's Geode WebPAD platform is a reference design for a wireless personal access device that is optimized for Internet browsing. Weighing less than three pounds, the WebPAD tablet is about the size of a standard 8?x11-inch paper notebook and features a simple touch-screen that encourages user interaction. Its wireless design lets users, within a range of up to 500 feet from the tablet's base station, surf the Internet, participate in e-Commerce and send email. The WebPAD reference design is based on National's highly integrated Geode GXLV processor, a low-power x86-based chip that integrates sound, graphics, memory control and the PCI interface. Geode WebPAD solutions based on the x86 architecture provide consumers with a no-compromise Internet experience, because most popular software plug-in modules for the Internet are supported.

Martin Caniff, president of Doctor Design, stated, "Our design success in the Internet Appliance market is strongly dependent on developing relationships with suppliers of key technologies. National Semiconductor has shown itself to be at the leading edge of this developing market and we are pleased to be working with them in the application of the technologies for a range of product offerings."

Doctor Design has extensive knowledge in specialized x86 platform development and direct experience with National's reference designs. Doctor Design works with ISI and other embedded technology vendors to supply critical software technologies for the information appliance market and to integrate these into successful commercial products. Many of these technologies offer support for bringing the richness of the World Wide Web experience into the embedded systems domain, offering accessibility, efficiency, and reliability that is critical for casual and non PC-literate users. Doctor Design has also recently received special recognition as a center of excellence for personal and embedded Java™ implementations - a class of technology that is increasingly important in the IA space for the support of vertical applications and communities of third party developers.

About Doctor Design, Inc.
Doctor Design, Inc., (DDI), is a leading provider of electronic engineering design services in the dynamic high technology communications, computing and consumer electronics industries. DDI has a well-earned reputation for offering innovative engineering design solutions and completing implementation for these solutions in a rapid and cost effective manner. In conjunction with the resources of its parent company, ISI, a premiere provider of software, tools, and engineering services for the embedded systems market, DDI is prepared to offer its engineering design solutions on a variety of projects worldwide. For more information, visit Doctor Design's website at www.doctordesign.com.

About National Semiconductor Corporation
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.