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Updated: September 22nd, 2008 10:36 AM CDT

National Semiconductor Introduces Industry's First Online Tool for Developing Sensor Signal Path Solutions

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Using the 'Build It!' option, designers can generate solutions they can use for evaluation and prototyping. Customized prototype kits can be shipped within 24 hours to accelerate test and validation. These kits interface directly to any system with a digital input. For engineers that would like to interface directly to a PC, a separate communications evaluation board (supplied with either an SPI or I2C to USB interface) and software is available. The software analyzes the sensor signal path to aid engineers with fine-tuning the design's overall performance. To begin a design with the WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool, go to http://www.national.com/sensors.

Sensor manufacturers and distributors interested in being featured in the WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool should contact National directly at http://www.national.com/feedback/sensors.

The WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool is an extension of National's WEBENCH tools for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), power, signal path design, audio, amplifiers and active filters, and National's Analog University(R) online learning facility. To try any of National's WEBENCH design tools, go to http://www.national.com/webench.

About National's WEBENCH Design Environment

National's WEBENCH environment eliminates the need for a design engineer to perform tedious hand calculations and includes extensive online tutorials in analog design. The tools offer instant access to the latest SPICE models, parametric data and package information, enabling designers to simultaneously compare the performance of multiple devices in multiple circuit requirements. National's products in the WEBENCH environment ship within 24 hours worldwide.

About National Semiconductor

National Semiconductor creates energy-efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. Its PowerWise(R) products enable systems that consume less power, extend battery life and generate less heat. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. , National reported sales of $1.89 billion for fiscal 2008 which ended May 25, 2008 . Additional company and product information is available at http://www.national.com.


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