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National Semiconductor Sponsors Forum on Thin Client Technology

Co-Hosts "Thin Client Summit" With Citrix Systems and Wyse Technology

Dec 2, 1998

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-December 2, 1998 - National Semiconductor Corporation? (NYSE:NSM) today sponsored a forum on an emerging "thin client" technology that National expects to become a major growth area in 1999 as companies look for further ways of reducing total cost of desktop computer ownership. National Semiconductor expects to dramatically reduce its annual computing costs through the adoption of "thin clients" for its own workforce.

"We expect to reduce our total cost of ownership with thin client desktop systems to one-fourth of the industry average, saving tens of millions of dollars per year," said Brian Halla, president and chief executive officer of National Semiconductor.

"National's combination of powerful, cost-effective software and hardware systems is the latest and most visible stake that we've driven into the thin client ground," Halla added.

This technology is known as "thin client" technology in the computer industry since it greatly reduces the software resources and computer hardware needed at each individual desktop. Thin clients use centralized software provided over internal networks to serve a combination of PCs, Windows?-based terminals and other network computing resources. Cost savings also result from less frequent desktop servicing requirements caused by software and hardware conflicts or installation problems.

Today's Thin Client Summit provided an informative overview of the latest advancements in server-based computing technology, with National serving as a leading example of successful deployment and development of thin client solutions.

National is standardizing on Citrix MetaFrame? server-based software and Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition software. This combination complements National's use of standard desktop, notebook PCs, and Windows-based terminals supplied by Wyse Technology which use the Cyrix MediaGX? processor. Citrix, and Wyse were co-hosts of today's event.

The Cyrix Solution The integration of the Cyrix MediaGX? processor into desktop systems has been the key to enabling both PC and Windows-based terminal OEMs to offer thin client solutions that provide unparalleled remote manageability and functionality with significant cost-savings and faster time-to-market. Cyrix, a National Semiconductor company, has penetrated the corporate market through its pioneering development of the first wave of integrated terminal chip technology. The Cyrix MediaGX processor enables the design of compact thin client solutions by integrating much of the logic onto a single chip. The cost and performance of the Cyrix processor have made it a leading solution for the next generation of thin client systems. The Cyrix solution has made possible the latest in innovative thin client technology, as demonstrated by National's rollout of Wyse's systems.

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 has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and 12,000 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.

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