National Semiconductor to Showcase Next-Generation Information Appliances at CeBIT 2002
Streaming Media, Bluetooth Wireless Technology Among Featured Technologies on Display to Demonstrate National's "Solutions for Multimedia Connectivity"
CeBIT-Hanover, Germany --
National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) will unveil nearly 20 new products and technologies for the communications, entertainment and Information Appliance (IA) market at CeBIT 2002 (Hanover, Germany, March 13-20). At National's booth (Hall 1, Stand 5c 8), visitors will view a variety of wireless products and consumer devices demonstrating new ideas and bold designs from innovative start-up companies and well-known industry leaders such as Compaq, EchoStar, Matra, Olivetti, Philips, Siemens, Tatung and Wyse.
Under the theme "Solutions for Multimedia Connectivity," this year's CeBIT exhibit highlights a collection of devices from National's partners and customers that demonstrate the convergence of information and entertainment. Streaming media is a key function being displayed, as well as devices that support Microsoft's "Mira" technology for the connected home.
The Philips E-Tablet, DT Research 825 thin client, and Sigma Designs NetStream Console demonstrate a variety of applications and capabilities of streaming media and entertainment-on-demand on IAs for the home and enterprise markets. Visit these demos in the booth to see the delivery of consumer-quality MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 content, which until now required the power and cost of a high-end PC.
As a leading hardware partner in Microsoft's newly announced "Mira" initiative, National Semiconductor will also showcase smart display devices that are enabled with "Mira" technology. "Mira" is Microsoft's code name for a set of Windows technologies that extend the capabilities of the PC to smart display devices anywhere in the home. The "Mira" demonstrations in National's booth include the TWN-5213 Web Tablet from Tatung, the WebDT 380 Wireless Tablet from DT Research and a prototype flat-panel home station from Wyse Technology.
National plans to provide live demos of the following technologies and partner company devices.
- WebPAD™ devices from Philips, Tatung and others
Residential gateway from CP Technology/IBM
- Thin clients and point-of-sale terminals from Wyse, Olivetti and more
- Set-top boxes from Kiss, i3 and others
- Bluetooth™ wireless technology - National's second-generation technologies and production-ready Bluetooth accessory modules
National's conceptual convergence device, the Geode™ Origami™ Mobile Communicator will be demonstrated in Europe for the first time. Origami is a multifunction device that shows the potential of emerging technologies by combining a digital camera, streaming online digital camcorder, videoconferencing, Internet surfing, PDA and email. Origami uses many products from National's unique product portfolio including power management, audio, display, graphics, wireless connectivity (Bluetooth) and the Geode integrated processor.
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; displays; information appliances; and information infrastructure. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its last fiscal year and has about 9,800 employees worldwide.