National Semi Bridges Networks

National Semiconductor introduces first processor family to bridge technology gaps between different types of wired and wireless networks

November 12, 2002

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MUNICH -- National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today announced a major technology advancement towards an industry-wide goal of creating a single, seamless worldwide network of networks. National’s new CP3000 family of embedded connectivity processors will dramatically simplify the creation of linked networks and connected devices. The CP3000 family includes the hardware, software, development tools and technical support to simplify and reduce the design and qualification cycle of connected embedded applications.National Semiconductor’s CP3BT10, CP3BT13, CP3UB17 and CP3CN17 processors bridge the different connectivity and protocol standards in networks. Until today, there was no easy, cost-effective way to connect different types of devices using wide-area, local-area or personal-area networks. National’s new family of chips essentially acts as a bridge between these different types of network standards. “National is the only company we have seen currently offering such comprehensive connectivity products,” said Russ Craig, research director of Aberdeen Group, a market analysis firm. “The processor’s size, performance and throughput are perfect for many devices, such as cell phones and other small applications. National is well positioned to succeed in this market.” “The explosive growth of the Internet has given birth to various local and wide area network standards,” said Joe Montalbo, vice president for National’s Device Connectivity Division. “National’s CP3000 family enables communications between networks and nodes with different standards and protocol stacks.”The first product family to be introduced by National’s new Device Connectivity Division, the CP3000 processors include Flash program memory and a variety of embedded peripherals, such as USB, CAN, USART, SPI and Access.bus interfaces. Also included on-chip is a fully embedded Bluetooth™ interface that includes baseband processing, a host protocol stack and dedicated profiles. The CP3000 family is ideal for a variety of products including those that use Bluetooth technology in homes and vehicles, hands-free speaker systems, automobile entertainment systems, utilities metering, digital still and streaming cameras, standalone keyboards, universal headsets and digital multimedia speakers.National Semiconductor Corp.

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