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National announces manufacturing agreement

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NATIONAL Semiconductor, represented by Arrow Electronics , has announced a strategic licensing and manufacturing agreement to integrate the award-winning Foveon X3 image capture technology into National's imaging solutions, including new applications for handsets and consumer devices.

Foveon, a privately held company partially funded by National and founded by Dr Carver Mead, a pioneer in solid state electronics and VLSI design, is rapidly redefining digital photography using analog chips manufactured at National's state-of-the-art fabrication plant in South Portland, Maine.

In addition to developing the world's first 16.8-million pixel image sensor, Foveon has developed the X3 image sensor, the first and only image sensor that captures green, red and blue light at each and every pixel.

National, which already provides image sensor and processing solutions for consumer, handset and automotive applications, anticipates incorporating Foveon X3 technology into scanners, copiers and handsets, among other consumer-targeted applications.

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