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XIRCOM'S PARALLEL PORT MULTIPLEXOR III SHIPS; PROVIDES QUICK, EASY LAN AND PRINTER CONNECTION FOR LAPTOPS, NOTEBOOKS AND DESKTOP PCs

 CALABASAS, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Xircom, Inc. (NASDAQ: XIRC) today announced availability of the Parallel Port Multiplexor III. This next generation product allows users to connect both a Pocket LAN Adapter and a local printer to the same parallel port or to connect two local printers from a single parallel port.
 "The Parallel Port Multiplexor III offers users a quick, inexpensive means of connecting a portable or desktop PC to a network without sacrificing a link to a local printer," said Dirk Gates, president and CEO of Xircom. "It offers users of Xircom Pocket LAN and 3270 Adapters total configuration flexibility in a compact and durable design."
 The Parallel Port Multiplexor III connects to all IBM and compatible notebook, laptop and desktop PCs. This new generation product further integrates the connection between the Multiplexor and the cable. It has no switches or dials to set and is compatible with PC software applications that address the parallel port as a printer output device. Current Xircom Pocket LAN Adapters include driver software that automatically detects the presence of the Multiplexor and redirects data flow accordingly. For users of two printers or first-generation Xircom Pocket Adapters, a small terminate and stay resident (TSR) program that controls data flow between the two ports is included with each Multiplexor. The Parallel Port Multiplexor III features a new, more flexible form factor and is functionally equivalent to Xircom's original Parallel Port Multiplexor, Model PPX-02.
 The Parallel Port Multiplexor III can be ordered as Model PPX-03 and is available now for the suggested retail price of $99. It is sold through Xircom's international network of distributors and resellers.
 Each unit comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty including toll-free technical support and a high-speed bulletin board system for software updates.
 Founded in 1988, Xircom is the leader in the development and manufacture of external connectivity solutions for the personal computer market. The company pioneered the use of the universal PC parallel port to connect PCs to a LAN and has sold more than 450,000 external LAN adapters to date. Xircom's product line includes: a family of Pocket LAN Adapters and External LAN Adapters for Ethernet, Token Ring, 3270 and Arcnet networks; the CreditCard Ethernet Adapter, a PCMCIA 2.0 compliant PC Card for LAN connection through a PCMCIA slot on the newest generation of notebook PCs; and the Pocket Print Server family that allows a parallel printer to be connected anywhere on the Ethernet or Token Ring network.
 Xircom's U.S. headquarters is located at 26025 Mureau Road, Calabasas, Calif. 91302. Telephone is 818-878-7600 or 800-874-7875. Fax is 818-878-7630. Xircom also has offices in Reston, Va.; Antwerp, Belgium; and Hong Kong.
 NOTE: Xircom is a registered trademark and CreditCard Ethernet Adapter, Pocket LAN Adapter, Pocket Token Ring Adapter, Pocket 3270, Pocket Arcnet Adapter, Pocket Ethernet and Token Ring Printer Server and Parallel Port Multiplexor are trademarks of Xircom, Inc. Some of the product names herein have been used for identification purposes and may be trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Deb Cromer, or Lynne Rocha both of White & Cromer, 415-354-8817, for Xircom, Inc./
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