National Semiconductor Equips All Employees With 30-Gigabyte Video Apple iPods to Cap Off Most Successful Year in Company's History

Jun 12, 2006, 01:00 ET from National Semiconductor Corporation

    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
      Jeff Weir
      National Semiconductor

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