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Intel transforms Handspring Visors into Wireless Communication tools

SpringPort Wireless Ethernet Module Enables 802.11b Connectivity for
Handspring Visor Handhelds

London, May 14, 2001 - Intel Corporation today introduced the XircomÒ SpringPort™ Wireless Ethernet module, the first wireless local area network (WLAN) device for the Handspring™ Visor™ handheld computer. The new module complements Intel’s existing line of WLAN products and is the first product
announced after the company’s acquisition of Xircom. Slightly smaller than a deck of cards, the module plugs in to the SpringboardTM expansion slot on the back of the Handspring Visor, providing
secure, high-speed, wireless access to applications and data located on a network, including Internet browsers, email and files.

The SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module enables mobile professionals to increase productivity with access to real-time information and communications. The module is compliant with the IEEE 802.11b high-rate standard and interoperates with Wi-FiTM certified products including the Xircom Wireless Ethernet Access Point and the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN products.

“The Handspring Visor is a powerful device to help on-the-go individuals organize their lives. Now, with the addition of real-time access to information, they are further empowered to make critical decisions without sacrificing mobility within the office or corporate campus,” said Kris
Rodolf, Access Product Manager for Xircom EMEA, an Intel company. “We are in the business of connecting mobile professionals to their data. The new SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module complements our existing line of wireless and wired network connections.”

“Intel is delivering a new level of mobile productivity to Handspring Visor customers,” said Michael Rosenthal, Developer Relations Manager for wireless at Handspring. “Xircom's SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module enables individuals, including those at universities, healthcare institutions, and corporations, to access real-time, critical information on the web, email and their Intranets.”
The SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module offers up to 11 Mbps transfer rates within 90 m of any installed access point, or hub, on a WLAN. This makes it an excellent solution for organizations of all sizes. For additional information on the SpringPort Wireless Ethernet please visit

Availability and Pricing

Xircom’s SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module for the Visor handheld has a suggested retail price of £206 (excl. VAT) and will be available in Europe in the June timeframe. The module will be available through valued-added resellers (VARs), direct marketers, e-tailers, system integrators and online
at the ShopXircomSM store.

About Xircom, an Intel company

Intel completed the acquisition of Xircom in March 2001. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, Xircom Mobile Communications Division will continue to design and develop innovative solutions that connect mobile users worldwide to corporate networks, the Internet, Intranets and other online resources. For over a decade, mobile professionals around the world have relied on
Xircom for access to their information anytime, anywhere. Please visit for more information.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at

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