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Nov 15, 1999

November 15, 1999 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced continued support for the OpenLDI specification the company set forth in 1999 to further the advancement of flat-panel display technology. Samsung is using National's DS90CF388 in its latest 24" TFT UXGA LCD. This LCD panel with National's DS90CF388 component will be demonstrated in National's booth at COMDEX/Fall, booth L3007, in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, November 15 - 19, 1999. In addition, National has gained the support of leading graphics processor maker, NVIDIA? Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA), for its OpenLDI specification to drive high-end flat-panel display technologies.

"The combined technologies of National's Transmitter (DS90C387), along with NVIDIA's award-winning GPU's, make this an ideal solution for Samsung's latest LCD panel," said Joseph Kim, manager LCD R&D AMLCD Division at Samsung. "We've tested many systems and solutions but find that the strength both National and NVIDIA bring to the table are above and beyond our requirements."

NVIDIA's recently announced graphics processing units, the GeForce? 256 and the NVIDIA Quadro?, supports National's OpenLDI specification for high-speed graphics capabilities. According to Tony Tamasi, director of product management at NVIDIA, "As a market leader in flat-panel LDC's, Samsung has shown that they have the ability to push the boundaries of LCD technology in this case by working within the OpenLDI specifications to quickly provide our end-users with the ultimate graphics experience at higher-resolutions."

About OpenLDI Specification
National announced its OpenLDI specification in May 1999. It is the industry's highest resolution chipset available to transmit high-speed digital data dual pixel (112 MHz clock speed) over ten meters for new flat-panel desktop monitors. The LDI chipset is based on National's proven LVDS (low voltage differential signaling) technology, which offers the benefits of increased bandwidth 5.38Gbps (672 Megabyte/second, per channel) without high power consumption. The flexibility of the LDI chipset allows compatibility with either a single or dual pixel interface, as well as the ability to perform with National's existing FPD-Link devices for easy interoperability. The device has the ability to support a wide range of resolutions, including Super VGA (800X600), XGA (1024X768), SXGA (1280X1024), UXGA (1600X1200) and QXGA (2048X1536).

Interested companies may view and download information about the OpenLDI specification at www.national.com/appinfo/lvds. Detail regarding the connector specifications are available for download to all who complete a brief registration form online.

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.