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TI DSP-Enabled Products Take Home Multiple Popular Science "Best of What's New" Awards

Kodak EasyShare-one(TM), Bionic Arm and Sling Media Slingbox(TM) Recognized as Top Technological Innovations in 2005

Dec 8, 2005

HOUSTON (December 8, 2005) –– Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) today announced that Popular Science has named TI digital signal processor (DSP)-enabled products from Kodak, Liberating Technologies and Sling Media as winners of the 2005 “Best of What’s New Awards.” Recognized for outstanding innovation, vision and execution, the Kodak EasyShare-one™ zoom digital camera and Liberating Technologies’ Boston Digital Arm were the grand winners in the photography and personal health categories, respectively. Sling Media’s Slingbox™ was honored as one of the top eight products in home entertainment. Award winners were selected from thousands of new technologies by Popular Science editors and highlight just a few of the ways in which TI’s high-performance DSP technology touches consumers’ everyday lives.

The Kodak EasyShare-one, the photography product grand winner, is Kodak's first camera to utilize the newest Color Science image processor, which is based on TI´s DSP technology running Kodak´s algorithms. TI's low-power, TMS320C54xTM-based digital media processor provides a programmable platform that allows Kodak to customize its products for multiple advanced features – ideal for consumers who want to share their pictures instantly on the LCD screen, online or as prints. The Kodak EasyShare-one is truly first-of-a-kind, able to hold up to 1,500 pictures for display on a crystal-clear, high-resolution, 3-inch touch screen display. Consumers can take high quality still pictures and video; direct picture e-mailing and online album viewing are available via a wireless connection. For more information about Kodak’s TI-enabled solution, please visit: www.ti.com/easyshare.

The world’s first bionic arm – an artificial limb controlled by signals from the brain that allows patients to rotate the wrist and arm, bend at the elbow, grip with the hand and, incredibly, feel held objects – is the grand winner in the “Personal Health” category. Dr. Todd Kuiken and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago have “rewired” the human body by connecting an upper-limb amputee’s residual nerves and bands of muscle to Liberating Technologies’ Boston Digital Arm, enabling simultaneous control of the movement of the prosthetic’s shoulder, elbow and hand. The Boston Digital Arm and this revolutionary technique dramatically improve the flexibility, capability and usability of prostheses previously available. TI’s TMS320C2000™ DSP-based digital signal controllers provide the Boston Digital Arm with the performance and integration to process signals from myoelectric sensors to control up to five motors, allowing users to accomplish tasks like reaching for and grabbing an object at the same time. For more information about the Boston Digital Arm and TI, please visit: www.ti.com/libtech.

The Slingbox from Sling Media, selected as one of eight top home entertainment products, turns virtually any networked laptop or Internet-connected device into a personal TV – allowing consumers to watch their home TV programming from virtually anywhere in the world. TI’s DSP-based digital media processor is at the heart of this groundbreaking device. Sling Media selected TI’s technology because it provides sophisticated video capabilities, while helping reduce the overall cost of the product to make it affordable for consumers. This powerful and efficient platform, combined with a proprietary streaming optimization technology developed by Sling Media, enables the Slingbox to provide a high-quality video experience across a wide range of network conditions. The Windows Media 9 Series platform provides the Slingbox with primary audio and video codecs. For more information, please visit: www.ti.com/slingmedia.

A panel of Popular Science editors meticulously worked to identify the list of winners and grand winners based on significance of the innovation; the quality of the design and the finished product; the originality of thought; and the ambition and scope of the project. Popular Science announced the winners in the December 2005 issue as well as on PopSci.com.