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 Springboard 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
"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 John Merrill, product marketing manager for Xircom, 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 300 feet (90 m) of any installed access point, or hub, on a WLAN. This makes it an excellent solution for organizations of all sizes. The SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module will be demonstrated in the Intel booth (#5343) and WECA pavilion (#1014) at the Networld + Interop (N+I) conference in Las Vegas, May 8-10, 2001. For additional information on the SpringPort Wireless Ethernet, visit www.xircom.com/wireless.
Availability and Pricing Xircom's SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module for the Visor handheld has a suggested retail price of $299 (US) and will be available in May. The module will be available through valued-added resellers (VARs), direct marketers, e-tailers and system integrators and online at the ShopXircomSM store.