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National Announces Industry's First Low Pin Count Interface Super I/O Device

Sep 29, 1997

September 29, 1997 -- National Semiconductor Corporation® today announced its support of the new Low Pin Count (LPC) interface specification, developed by Intel Corporation, with the introduction of the first LPC-based Super I/O device.

National will sample the PC87360 before the end of 1997 as the first in its new series of LPC-based Super I/O devices. Leveraging National's expertise in Super I/O, analog and mixed signal technologies, the new PC87360 integrates multiple functions into a single chip, providing cost and board space savings for the OEM. Device features include a reduced number of pins, lower cost, lower power, system management and design flexibility.

"We collaborated with Intel to quickly define and develop the PC87360 in accordance with the new LPC interface specification" said Michael Maia, director of National's Personal Systems Group, Americas Division . "This effort will result in a reduced pin count Super I/O solution that addresses the concerns of customers who want more functionality and board space savings."

The LPC specification allows system and peripheral suppliers to migrate from ISA/X-bus to future ISA-less systems while retaining full software compatibility. This will allow manufacturers to reduce overall design costs and facilitates the industry's move toward high performance, next-generation I/O technologies such as USB and 1394.

National Semiconductor Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, produces system on a chip silicon solutions for the information highway, based on its leadership in analog and mixed signal technologies. National is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and focuses on the communications, personal systems and consumer markets. National has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and 12,700 employees worldwide. Additional company and product information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.