National Semiconductor Invests in Leading Edge Process Technology to Enable Best-in-Class High Speed Operational Amplifiers

National Expands Presence in High Speed Market With First Members of Product

Family That Offer Low Power With High Bandwidth

For Communications Applications



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from National Semiconductor Corporation

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- National Semiconductor
 Corporation (NYSE:   NSM) today announced a new family of high speed LMH(TM)
 operational amplifiers that are designed for use in communications
 applications such as xDSL, set-top boxes and other consumer applications.  The
 first eight products in the LMH series are based on a cutting-edge VIP10(TM)
 manufacturing process that National has developed to produce high-speed
 amplifiers.
     "National Semiconductor is a leader in operational amplifier innovation.
 We are continuing to drive the market by developing process technology that
 will allow us to cost-effectively produce high speed operational amplifiers
 with the lowest power consumption for a given bandwidth," said Suneil
 Parulekar, vice president of National's operational amplifier product line.
 "The eight products we are introducing today for the communications market are
 just the first offerings from the LMH family.  The benefits of VIP10 will
 allow National to move into optical storage and video markets, further
 increasing our presence in the lucrative operational amplifier arena."
 
     LMH Product Offerings
     National's LMH66xx family of operational amplifiers is a new series of
 high speed products based upon the VIP10 process.  The first members of the
 LMH66xx family consist of eight devices, each targeting a specific market
 segment within the communications market.  National plans to introduce its
 second wave of LMH products, targeted for optical storage/video applications,
 in Q4 2001.
     The LMH6672 is a dual high speed amplifier with a high output current of
 +320mA, a very low distortion rate of -84dBc, and a good bandwidth-to-power
 ratio of 200MHz/5.5mA.  Applications for the LMH6672 include Customer Premises
 Equipment (CPE) line drivers for xDSL applications.
     National's LMH6654/55 high speed amplifiers have very low distortion and
 noise (4.5nV/rtHz), a good bandwidth-to-power ratio of 240MHz/4.5mA, and a
 high output drive of 110mA.  Applications for the LMH6654/55 include Central
 Office (CO) and CPE receivers for xDSL applications.
     The LMH6642/43 are cost-effective high speed amplifiers (130MHz) with
 excellent supply/output current ratio of 2.4mA/+90mA, rail-to-rail output, and
 true single supply voltage capability of 3.0-12V.  Applications for the
 LMH6642/43 include cable set-top boxes, contact image scanners (CIS) and PC
 servers.
     The LMH6645/46/47 are high speed amplifiers with a very low supply current
 of 650uA, and rail-to-rail input and output. Additionally, National's LMH6647
 has the lowest shutdown current in the industry.  Applications include
 battery-powered portable devices such as GPS receivers, DVD players, and
 information appliances.
 
 
     VIP10 Process
     Developed in National's wafer fabrication site in Arlington, Texas, VIP10
 is a high speed, dielectrically-isolated, complementary bipolar IC process
 that utilizes deep trench technology on a bonded wafer for complete dielectric
 isolation and optimal high speed amplifier performance.  Trench technology
 with bonded wafers helps minimize parasitic capacitance for optimal
 power-to-bandwidth performance, lower distortion and decreased die size.
 VIP10 is the process technology that allows National to design the most
 power-efficient, performance-oriented high speed amplifiers on the market
 today.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The LMH66xx family is available now with prices starting at $0.79 in 1000
 unit quantities.  For more information on the LMH products, visit National's
 World Wide Web site at http://www.national.com/LMH or contact National's
 Design Support Group at 800-272-9959. To view high-resolution downloadable
 photos of the LMH66xx family of products, visit National's photo gallery at
 http://www.national.com/company/pressroom/gallery/oa.html .
 
     About National Semiconductor
     National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the
 information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital
 technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless
 handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display,
 imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara,
 California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year
 and has about 10,500 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
     NOTE:  VIP10 and LMH are trademarks of National Semiconductor Corp.
 
 

SOURCE National Semiconductor Corporation
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- National Semiconductor
 Corporation (NYSE:   NSM) today announced a new family of high speed LMH(TM)
 operational amplifiers that are designed for use in communications
 applications such as xDSL, set-top boxes and other consumer applications.  The
 first eight products in the LMH series are based on a cutting-edge VIP10(TM)
 manufacturing process that National has developed to produce high-speed
 amplifiers.
     "National Semiconductor is a leader in operational amplifier innovation.
 We are continuing to drive the market by developing process technology that
 will allow us to cost-effectively produce high speed operational amplifiers
 with the lowest power consumption for a given bandwidth," said Suneil
 Parulekar, vice president of National's operational amplifier product line.
 "The eight products we are introducing today for the communications market are
 just the first offerings from the LMH family.  The benefits of VIP10 will
 allow National to move into optical storage and video markets, further
 increasing our presence in the lucrative operational amplifier arena."
 
     LMH Product Offerings
     National's LMH66xx family of operational amplifiers is a new series of
 high speed products based upon the VIP10 process.  The first members of the
 LMH66xx family consist of eight devices, each targeting a specific market
 segment within the communications market.  National plans to introduce its
 second wave of LMH products, targeted for optical storage/video applications,
 in Q4 2001.
     The LMH6672 is a dual high speed amplifier with a high output current of
 +320mA, a very low distortion rate of -84dBc, and a good bandwidth-to-power
 ratio of 200MHz/5.5mA.  Applications for the LMH6672 include Customer Premises
 Equipment (CPE) line drivers for xDSL applications.
     National's LMH6654/55 high speed amplifiers have very low distortion and
 noise (4.5nV/rtHz), a good bandwidth-to-power ratio of 240MHz/4.5mA, and a
 high output drive of 110mA.  Applications for the LMH6654/55 include Central
 Office (CO) and CPE receivers for xDSL applications.
     The LMH6642/43 are cost-effective high speed amplifiers (130MHz) with
 excellent supply/output current ratio of 2.4mA/+90mA, rail-to-rail output, and
 true single supply voltage capability of 3.0-12V.  Applications for the
 LMH6642/43 include cable set-top boxes, contact image scanners (CIS) and PC
 servers.
     The LMH6645/46/47 are high speed amplifiers with a very low supply current
 of 650uA, and rail-to-rail input and output. Additionally, National's LMH6647
 has the lowest shutdown current in the industry.  Applications include
 battery-powered portable devices such as GPS receivers, DVD players, and
 information appliances.
 
 
     VIP10 Process
     Developed in National's wafer fabrication site in Arlington, Texas, VIP10
 is a high speed, dielectrically-isolated, complementary bipolar IC process
 that utilizes deep trench technology on a bonded wafer for complete dielectric
 isolation and optimal high speed amplifier performance.  Trench technology
 with bonded wafers helps minimize parasitic capacitance for optimal
 power-to-bandwidth performance, lower distortion and decreased die size.
 VIP10 is the process technology that allows National to design the most
 power-efficient, performance-oriented high speed amplifiers on the market
 today.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The LMH66xx family is available now with prices starting at $0.79 in 1000
 unit quantities.  For more information on the LMH products, visit National's
 World Wide Web site at http://www.national.com/LMH or contact National's
 Design Support Group at 800-272-9959. To view high-resolution downloadable
 photos of the LMH66xx family of products, visit National's photo gallery at
 http://www.national.com/company/pressroom/gallery/oa.html .
 
     About National Semiconductor
     National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the
 information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital
 technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless
 handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display,
 imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara,
 California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year
 and has about 10,500 employees worldwide.  Additional company and product
 information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com.
     NOTE:  VIP10 and LMH are trademarks of National Semiconductor Corp.
 
 SOURCE  National Semiconductor Corporation