SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National
Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) capped off its most successful fiscal
year in history today by equipping every one of its 8,500 employees with a
30-gigabyte video iPod. While designed for personal entertainment, the
popular Apple MP3 player will be used as a new training and communications
tool at National, providing a convenient real-time method for employees to
download National podcasts and other employee communications.
"We're looking for new and more effective ways to communicate with our
employees -- and the iPods will help us do both," said Brian L. Halla,
National's chairman and CEO.
National announced record operating profits and gross margin Thursday
when it announced its Q4 and fiscal year 2006 financial results. The
Company's 1,600 Santa Clara employees celebrated the milestones at
National's annual employee picnic Friday afternoon. Halla announced the
Company's iPod communications program at the picnic.
The analog integrated circuits that National designs, manufactures,
markets and sells provide portable devices (such as the iPod) with longer
battery life, sharp images and crystal clear sound.
"Our employees were vital contributors to our most successful year in
National's 47-year history, and we wanted to equip them with the tools to
help us create more value for our customers," said Halla. "The Apple iPod
exemplifies the next stage of the consumer electronics revolution as
content such as downloadable music, movies and digital photos -- as well as
a compelling user experience -- takes center stage. And, it's analog that
makes the difference. This is where National, and our employees, deliver
value to our customers."
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates
high-value analog devices and subsystems. National's leading-edge products
include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational
amplifiers, interface products and data conversion solutions. National's
key analog markets include wireless handsets, displays and a variety of
broad electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and
test and measurement applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.,
National reported sales of $2.16 billion for fiscal 2006, which ended May
28, 2006. Additional company and product information is available at
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