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XIRCOM'S POCKET ETHERNET ADAPTER III OFFERS PHANTOM POWER SUPPORT AND NEW COMPACT DESIGN

 CALABASAS, Calif., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Xircom Inc. (NASDAQ: XIRC) today offered network users a new series of Pocket LAN adapters which feature a Phantom Power Cable as an alternative to an external power supply, a one-fourth smaller design and support for all major network operating systems (NOSs). The Pocket Ethernet Adapter III is available in three models: one for 10Base-T, one for 10Base-2 and a model which offers both Ethernet media a single, cost-efficient unit.
 "The Pocket Ethernet Adapter III addresses users' changing needs with innovative, new design features like our Phantom Power Cable, as well as more extensive NOS compatibility," said Dirk Gates, president and chief executive officer of Xircom. "This third-generation adapter demonstrates our continued commitment to bring the latest technology to the ever-increasing number of nomadic computer users requiring a network connection."
 The adapter's unique Phantom Power Supply replaces the external power supply by connecting directly from the adapter to the PC's mouse or keyboard port; this eliminates the need to plug the adapter into an electrical outlet. The cable includes an efficient pass-through connector that allows use of both the mouse or keyboard and adapter at the same time. The adapter is also packaged with an external power supply for flexibility and convenience.
 Xircom's third-generation adapter is 25 percent smaller than its predecessor, easily fits in a shirt pocket, measures only 3.2 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.8 inches high and weighs just 2.2 ounces. This reduced size allows the adapter to fit between the closely placed connectors on today's smaller notebooks. The combination 10Base-T/10Base-2 model is slightly larger than the single-media adapters but offers access to multiple Ethernet topologies in one convenient, cost-efficient adapter.
 The Pocket Ethernet Adapter III includes preconfigured device drivers offering support for the majority of network-operating systems including Novell NetWare, Microsoft Windows for Workgroups and LAN Manager, IBM LAN Server and PC LAN, Artisoft LANtastic, Banyan VINES, Sun PC-NFS, DEC PATHWORKS and more.
 Xircom's Pocket LAN Adapters connect portable and desktop PCs to a network through the parallel port and incorporate Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) technology for improved performance and parallel port throughput. The Pocket Adapters also feature Xircom's unique "tractor grip" for easy one-handed attachment to or removal from the PC within seconds.
 The suggested retail price for either the 10Base-T or 10Base-2 model is $349. The combination adapter that support both media is listed at $399. All models will be available through the company's international network of distributors and resellers starting in early April.
 The Pocket Ethernet Adapter III comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty including toll-free technical support, a high-speed bulletin board system and overnight shipment of replacement units. In addition, current users of any Xircom adapter can upgrade their existing model to a Pocket Ethernet III through Xircom's free lifetime Customer Assurance Pledge (CAP) program. Customers simply trade in their current model directly through Xircom and receive a 50-percent discount from the list price of their new purchase. The CAP program is included with every purchase of Xircom product 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 400,000 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 Ethernet Print Server, which allows a parallel printer to be connected anywhere on the network.
 Xircom's U.S. headquarters is located at 26025 Mureau Rd., 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.
 NOTE: Xircom is a registered trademark and Pocket LAN Adapter, Pocket Ethernet Adapter, Pocket Token Ring Adapter, Pocket 3270, Pocket Arcnet Adapter, CreditCard Ethernet Adapter, Pocket Ethernet Print Server, Network Simplicity and Parallel Port Multiplexor are trademarks 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: Deb Cromer of White & Cromer, 415-354-8800, for Xircom/
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