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XIRCOM INTRODUCES FIRST PCMCIA CARD FOR LAN CONNECTIVITY

 XIRCOM INTRODUCES FIRST PCMCIA CARD FOR LAN CONNECTIVITY
 Leader in Portable-to-LAN Communication Packs
 High Performance, Easy-to-Use Network Connection
 in Credit Card-Sized Adapter
 CALABASAS, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Xircom (NASDAQ: XIRC) today introduced a new communication option for the latest generation notebook computer users -- a local area network (LAN) PC Card. The Xircom CreditCard Ethernet Adapter is a new design that allows users to attach to an Ethernet 10Base-T network through a PCMCIA 2.0 compatible card slot on their notebook and sub-notebook computers. The new connectivity solution is the first in a family of credit card-sized LAN adapters planned by Xircom to support portable-to- Ethernet, Token Ring or Arcnet connectivity.
 Xircom's new product is the industry's first fully integrated LAN solution that meets the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) 2.0 standard. PCMCIA has been adopted by leading PC manufacturers as the newest technology for adding memory or peripherals to laptop, notebook, palm-top and pen-based computers.
 "As the originator and leader of portable connectivity, it makes sense that we would be the first to expand our range of solutions to include the PCMCIA slot," said Dirk Gates, president and chief executive officer of Xircom. "Portable computing has always been grounded in a unique combination of flexibility and personalization, and we kept that in mind when we added a PCMCIA solution to our product line. We will continue to offer our users the broadest, most comprehensive list of connectivity choices, whether they choose a parallel port or PCMCIA approach to Ethernet, Token Ring or Arcnet networks."
 The Xircom CreditCard Ethernet Adapter delivers a combination of high performance and ease-of-use. The 16-bit interface offers network connectivity comparable to that of a 16-bit internal card, according to benchmarks run by Xircom.
 The PC card also features an easy two-step installation process with auto-configurable software. No configuration jumpers or switches need to be set. To use the CreditCard, users simply insert the card into the PCMCIA socket and install the appropriate driver for their network software.
 The Xircom CreditCard Ethernet Adapter supports all major network operating systems including Novell NetWare, Artisoft LANtastic, DEC PATHWORKS and Microsoft LAN Manager, to name a few. At shipment in Fall 1992, the adapter will be certified for use with notebooks from major PC vendors, including Dell, Librex, NCR, Sharp and Toshiba. On-board flash memory will allow for quick, easy updates to drivers as new PCMCIA-equipped computers become available. Unique features include: power management for battery conservation; on-board LEDs for activity status; all in a fully integrated, credit-card-sized format.
 PC Cards, next-generation expansion cards, are credit-card sized products which slip into PCMCIA-compatible slots being built into many of the new notebook and hand-held computers. These interchangeable card products are used to personalize and expand the memory and communications functions of mobile computers. International standards for the PC Cards are driven by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association comprised of more than 200 members including major manufacturers and OEMs worldwide. Version 2.0 of the PCMCIA international standard, released in September 1991, offers not only a memory capability, but input/output support as well.
 The Xircom CreditCard Ethernet Adapter comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty including toll-free technical support and a high- speed bulletin board system and overnight shipment of replacement units. In addition, the adapter is covered under Xircom's free lifetime Customer Assurance Pledge (CAP) program. This allows users of any Xircom product to trade in their current model directly to Xircom and receive a 50 percent discount from the list price of a new purchase. The CAP program is included with every purchase of Xircom products in the United States.
 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 200,000 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, as well as Network Simplicity, the first integrated networking and connectivity solution that combines the simplicity of external LAN adapters and the convenience of a peer-to-peer network operating system.
 Xircom's U.S. headquarters is located at 26025 Mureau Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Telephone is 818-878-7600 or 800-874-7875. Fax is 818-878-7630. Xircom also has offices in Reston, Va. and Antwerp, Belgium.
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 /NOTE: Xircom is a registered trademark, and Pocket LAN Adapter, Pocket Ethernet Adapter, Pocket Arcnet Adapter, Pocket Token Ring Adapter, Pocket 3270, Network Simplicity and Parallel Port Multiplexor are trademarks of Xircom Inc. Some of the product names herein have been used for idetification purposes and may be trademarks of their respective companies./
 /CONTACT: Deb Cromer or Jennifer Wade of White & Cromer, 415-354-8800, for Xircom/
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