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National Instruments among FORTUNE Top Employers for Fourth Consecutive Year

NEWS RELEASE -- Jan. 8, 2003 -- For the fourth consecutive year, FORTUNE magazine named National Instruments among the 100 Best Companies to Work For in its sixth annual ranking. NI ranked number 53 on the list, up from 71 last year. This achievement recognizes the innovative and entrepreneurial culture that NI employees worldwide have cultivated throughout the global measurement and automation company's 26-year history.

"The dedication, energy, and talent of the more than 3,000 NI employees worldwide create a work environment that is rewarding and fun while directly impacting the success of our customers and company," said Dr. James Truchard, NI president, CEO and co-founder. "By working together toward long-term growth and continually creating new products and technologies that expand the boundaries of virtual instrumentation, our employees are improving everyday life for their families, communities and customers."

NI has revolutionized the industry since its inception -- from pioneering virtual instrumentation with LabVIEW graphical programming to creating an award-winning culture focused on long-term employee success. These achievements stem from Truchard's leadership and a 100-year plan that holds customer success, innovation and long-term vision at its core. Based on key principles, the plan empowers employees to balance entrepreneurial spirit with pragmatism and continuous improvement with breakthrough innovation.

Signifying its strong commitment to growth and innovation, NI recently opened the Truchard Design Center. This new building at the company's Austin, Texas, headquarters brought all Austin employees to a combined campus where they can more easily share new approaches to measurement and automation as well as share in the fun -- including volleyball and basketball games, deck parties, costume contests and the annual employee appreciation week held at NI headquarters.

"While other companies have had to make tough decisions, NI has continued to invest in the future of the company -- our employees, technology and customers. In fact, in 2002 we added new employees worldwide and increased our investment in R&D," said Mark Finger, NI vice president of human resources. "While this was a challenging year by all measures, these investments position NI and our employees well for future success."

How FORTUNE Chose the 100 Best
The Great Place to Work Institute compiles the list of best employers for FORTUNE each year. Of the more than 1,000 firms considered this year, the institute surveyed a random sample of employees from 269 candidate companies. Two-thirds of the decision is based on how these randomly-selected employees respond to the independent survey measuring the quality of the workplace culture. The remainder of the score is based on the evaluation of company responses to several questions.

About National Instruments
For more than 26 years, National Instruments has revolutionized the way engineers and scientists work by delivering virtual instrumentation solutions built on rapidly advancing commercial technologies, including industry-standard computers and the Internet. NI increases productivity for customers worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition and instrumentation. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world.

Readers can obtain investment information from the Company's Investor Relations Department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to [email protected], or on the Web at ni.com/nati.
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