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XIRCOM ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR CORDLESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK TECHNOLOGY

 NEW YORK, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Xircom, Inc. (NASDAQ: XIRC) today announced availability of Xircom Netwave technology to component, personal computer and software partners in an effort to foster universal interoperability and availability of cordless LAN products. Industry leaders participating in today's event indicated they support Xircom and its effort to hasten worldwide acceptance for this new approach to in- building, high-speed, cordless communications.
 Xircom Netwave is a cordless LAN technology that includes a radio- based physical layer and a Media Access Control (MAC) layer protocol based on distributed access and control. The radio is a 2.4 GHz, spread spectrum, frequency hopper that delivers a raw data rate of one megabit per second. The Xircom Netwave MAC layer protocol provides an asynchronous data delivery service that is equivalent to the service provided by Ethernet. This MAC protocol can be used with a variety of cordless implementations, such as direct sequence RF and infrared. It has been submitted for consideration to the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standards Committee.
 "By opening up the Xircom Netwave technology, we are promising mobile PC users and network administrators interoperability when they choose a cordless LAN solution," said Dirk I. Gates, president and CEO of Xircom, Inc. "The industry support voiced today will ensure that users will have the same option to mix and match solutions as they do with wired LAN products."
 Opening Up The Technology
 "Over the past three years, a number of companies, including Xircom, have contributed to the wireless LAN standards effort of the IEEE 802.11 committee," Gates said. "Although the committee has been working diligently on this standard, we are still years away from a final document. Until that time, we will cooperate and work closely with key industry participants to deliver compatible products based on Netwave. We believe this initiative will stimulate a wider acceptance of our cordless LAN technology and will generate the growth of cordless communications worldwide."
 In unveiling the technology today, Gates announced strategic business relationships with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., and NCR Microelectronics Products Division. These licensing agreements grant the right to produce and market cordless LAN chipsets, boards and other products using Xircom Netwave technology.
 "The lack of a common standard for cordless LANs is a major roadblock to realizing the full potential of mobile computing," said Bob McConnell, vice president of AMD's Personal Computer Division. "Netwave will remove that barrier."
 Also announced today, Xircom and Digital Equipment Corporation have entered into discussions to jointly develop mobility enhancements for wireless communications.
 "We believe that, over time, LAN users will want to extend the convenience and simplicity of cordless and wireless connectivity beyond a single, logical LAN," Gates said. "We are pleased to be working with Digital, a world class leader in complex networks, to explore this possibility."
 "We are delighted to see Xircom introducing wireless products today and planning for future evolution," said Jim Slane, business manager, Mobile and Wireless Program, Digital Equipment Corporation. "We believe the demand for mobile connectivity will escalate over the next few years. Our discussions with Xircom are one way that Digital is aggressively working to meet the growing needs of the mobile user."
 Pledging Their Support
 Xircom is working closely with key hardware and software suppliers to ensure that cordless LANs will work, on a worldwide basis, with a wide range of network operating systems, computing devices, and software applications.
 "We applaud Xircom and their partners for developing interoperable cordless LAN products," said Navindra Jain, vice president and general manager of Network Management and Internetworking Products Division, Novell Corp. "We believe that Netwave will expand the LAN market by providing wireless attachment to existing LANs. Novell will evolve NetWare and the NetWare Multiprotocol Router to support the needs of mobile computers attached to cordless LANs like Netwave."
 At today's announcement, AST Research, Dell Computer Corp., GO Corp., NEC Technologies, Inc., Norand Corp. and Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. also voiced support for Xircom Netwave technology.
 "AST continually explores new technologies that increase productivity for mobile computer users," said Dan Sheppard, AST director of product marketing, portable systems. "Wireless communications is a key ingredient to effective and productive mobile computing. The Xircom Netwave protocol provides a common standard that will make true wireless computing a reality."
 "We believe that the power of a personal communicator is ultimately derived from its mobile communications capabilities," said Cary Masatsugu, director of system software product marketing at GO Corp. "Users of personal communicators want to stay in constant contact with their organization whether they are on the road or in the office. GO is excited that a company like Xircom, with a track record of innovative network products for traditional laptop users, has committed itself to innovating in the personal communicator arena as well."
 "NEC applauds Xircom's cordless strategy," said Robert G. Levin, director, product marketing, Portable Computer Products, NEC Technologies, Inc. "Xircom's well-designed PCMCIA card not only adds versatility to our Versa product family, but their unique approach provides a new level of functionality and ease-of-use. In addition, Xircom's standard approach provides users with a level of insurance for the future. NEC plans to work closely with Xircom to ensure these exciting capabilities are readily available to Versa users."
 "As a company long committed to standards, we strongly feel Xircom's Netwave technology is an innovative solution, that could establish a common format for the wireless connectivity market," said Dr. Johns F. (Jeff) Rulifson, director, Technology Development Group Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. "It is critical that the market must have a full complement of protocol standards. Network connectivity is an integral part of the client/server approach to networking and we look forward to working with companies like Xircom in developing IP based networks which provide solutions for the issues presented by nomadic computing devices," Rulifson said.
 "As a participant in the IEEE 802.11 Standards Committee, Norand is pleased to endorse the functionality of Xircom's Netwave products being officially announced today," said Greg Reyes, vice president radio frequency division from Norand Corporation. "The features of Netwave are consistent with the requirements of portable wireless computer communications in many environments. Xircom should be lauded for their efforts to promote interoperability between products manufactured by different companies."
 Demonstrating the First Cordless LAN
 Xircom demonstrated its new cordless LAN products for portable, hand-held and pocket-sized computing devices. These products allow mobile PC users to communicate with existing wired networks using cordless links. They also allow for ad hoc, temporary networks on a cordless, peer-to-peer basis. The Xircom Netwave product family represents the first truly cordless solution, cutting both the network and the power cables.
 Available early fall 1993, Xircom will offer a family of connectivity products based on the Netwave spread spectrum, frequency- hopping radio and cordless LAN protocol. The Xircom Netwave product line includes a PCMCIA 2.0-compliant adapter, a parallel port adapter and an access point that provides a bridge between cordless computing devices and a wired Ethernet-based LAN. A Token Ring version of the access point will be available in 1994.
 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 500,000 external LAN adapters to date. 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 Netwave is a trademark of Xircom, Inc.
 General Notice: 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: Joanne Martz, director of investor relations, 818-878-6220, or Deb Cromer or Lynne Rocha of White & Cromer, 415-354-8800, all for Xircom/
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