THAT. WAS. FAST. Amazing! I got e-mail from National Semiconductor on January 7'th saying that they cant ship samples on their own expense and I have to pay for the courier service. It was expensive as hell, but still much cheaper than ordering the same number of chips from DigiKey, so I decided to give it a go. I got confirmation from Singapore warehouse, that the order was shipped on January 8. I got a call from local UPS office today, January 10 at 13:24 asking if I am at the office! Thats less than 48 hours from me making the shipping payment to NSC till doorbell!
Guess I have to start designing now! :)