Siemens and National Semiconductor Align to Advance Ultrasound Technology

By Siemens Healthcare, PRNE
Monday, September 6, 2010

Strategic alliance to enable next-generation ultrasound imaging equipment

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California and SANTA CLARA, California, September 7, 2010 - Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. and National Semiconductor
Corporation announce a wide-ranging strategic alliance to advance ultrasound
technology, creating ultrasound imaging systems that produce enhanced image
quality and advanced 3D/4D imaging capabilities, while consuming less power.

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The strategic alliance brings together Siemens' leadership in ultrasound
technology with National's energy-efficient analog semiconductor
capabilities. National will provide leading-edge power management, signal
path and transducer solutions while working closely with Siemens. Based on
the companies' collaboration, Siemens' ultrasound systems will be able to
provide next-generation imaging quality and ground-breaking new applications,
while, at the same time, be more energy efficient. Working together, the end
goal is to provide medical ultrasound systems that change the game in
workflow efficiency, diagnostic reliability and ease of scanning.

"For many years, we have been pushing the envelope to advance ultrasound
imaging to the next level. Large data volumes and the increased demand for
portability require systems with an effective balance between power
efficiency and performance. We view National Semiconductor as a strategic
analog alliance to help us make this happen," said Dr. Norbert Gaus, chief
executive officer, Ultrasound, Siemens Healthcare.

"This is an ideal alliance, which effectively leverages both companies'
strengths. Already well known for its world-class healthcare solutions,
Siemens' next-generation ultrasound systems will be enhanced by our
high-performance technology, chipsets and subsystem-level solutions," said
Mike Polacek, senior vice president of Key Market Segments and Business
Development for National Semiconductor. "We are going to do great things

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to
the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory
diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers
its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care
from a single source - from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and
on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most
common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more
cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 48,000 employees worldwide
and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2009 (to September 30), the
Sector posted revenue of 11.9 billion euros and profit of around 1.5 billion
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National Semiconductor is a leader in power management technology. Known
for its easy-to-use analog integrated circuits and world-class supply chain,
National's high-performance analog products enable its customers' systems to
be more energy efficient. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National
reported sales of US$1.42 billion for fiscal 2010. Additional information is
available at

LuAnn Jenkins, National Semiconductor, +1-408-721-2440, luann.jenkins at or Tom Schaffner, Siemens, +1-610-448-1477, thomas.schaffner at

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