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CyberFone to debut communication device at COMDEX in National Semiconductor and Microsoft pavilions

Windows-Based Communications Terminal powered by National's Geode™ GXm processor

Nov 15, 1999

November 15, 1999 - CyberFone, Inc. and National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced a technical alliance aimed at deploying National Semiconductor's Geode™ GXm processor in CyberFone's communication convergence appliance. The integrated Geode GXm processor, with on-chip graphics, audio, memory control and PCI interface, creates an optimal solution that utilizes high performance while maintaining the low power that is ideal for the thin-client market.

The CyberFone communications device will be on display at both the National Semiconductor (booth L3007) and Microsoft pavilions at the COMDEX/Fall 99 show to be held November 15-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Expo and Convention Center.

This alliance struck an especially responsive chord with CyberFone officials. "We are extremely happy to be working with a company such as National Semiconductor," commented Dr. Rocco L. Martino, CyberFone's CEO and Chairman of the Board. "We are especially grateful for the invitation to show what the combination of our two technologies can accomplish at COMDEX this month and are confident that the communications device that we unveil will be a tremendous success."

The Geode GXm has become the processor of choice in Windows-based communications terminals, a fast growing market segment for the corporate environment. The CyberFone? combines telephony, video, Internet access, and data transactions all in one communications device.

"National is pleased to have the opportunity to help debut the CyberFone™, both in our booth (L3007) and in the IA Pavilion we are sponsoring at Comdex Fall," said Ziv Azmanov, National's thin client business unit manager. "This cutting-edge, web-enabled telephone technology, working in conjunction with our Geode GXm perfectly demonstrates the potentials of server-based computing,"

The Geode GXm processor is designed to take advantage of National's highly integrated platform, which provides the high performance processing capabilities and x86-compatibility necessary for optimal end-user experience. When installed in a communication device such as CyberFone, National's Geode GXm will serve as an "engine" to power a web-enabled telephone that combines traditional telephone services such as voice messaging and caller ID with enhanced data capabilities. The CyberFone™ is an information appliance that incorporates a thin-client, CyberAGE™, together with application software that enables web browsing, e-mail, word processing, transaction processing, and linkage to a middleware server with CyberBOSS™ installed on it.

The CyberFone™ will be part of a complete client/server system whose CyberAGE™ and CyberBOSS™ software will run on Microsoft Windows operating systems. This combination will allow the CyberFone™ to interact with most existing communication networks using middleware rather than relying on expensive hardware retrofits. The implications for business, government, and consumer markets are tremendous, as costly equipment upgrades will be minimized.

About CyberFone
CyberFone™ is marketed as a cost efficient alternative in personal information appliances that will be directed toward a truly individual use in either the home or business. Created by the founder and former chairman of treasury software giant XRT, Dr. Rocco L. Martino, the CyberFone™ is positioned to meet the need for a convergent communication device. For more information on CyberFone, Inc. contact John King at 610-989-9330 or visit http://www.cyberfone.com.

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.