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Oct 21, 1998

October 21, 1998 - National Semiconductor Corporation presented nine of its suppliers with awards recognizing excellence in product quality, commitment and service during the past year.

The companies received these awards as part of National Semiconductor's "Quest For Gold"? supplier performance process. Quest For Gold, initiated in by the Company in 1992, uses criteria from the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the Six Sigma Philosophy for quality to evaluate the suppliers providing equipment and materials to National for its manufacturing processes. The program's goal is to encourage and strengthen supplier relationships and improve communication by defining customer-supplier expectations. The following companies won medals:

Silver Medal:		Kyocera America Corp. of San Diego, Calif. 
			Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd of Nagano-City, Japan
			Tanaka Electronics Singapore Pte. Ltd. of Singapore

Bronze Medal:		Johnson Matthey Electronics of Spokane, Wash.
			LTX Corporation of Westwood, Mass.
			Semi-Alloy Company of Mount Vernon, New York

National also awarded certificates of appreciation to the following companies to acknowledge excellence in service: Micropak Technology of Singapore; NTK Technical Ceramics of Nagoya, Japan, and Scott Specialty Gases of Fremont, Calif.

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.