Xircom to become primary provider of Bluetooth data access products to Ericsson

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., 12 June, 2000 -- Xircom, Inc.
Written by Joe Rebeiro, Contributor
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., 12 June, 2000 -- Xircom, Inc., a provider of mobile data access solutions, signs agreement with Ericsson Mobile Communications AB to cooperate in the development, testing, manufacturing, and marketing of Bluetooth wireless connectivity products.

Xircom will become the primary provider of mobile data access products for Ericsson and will collaborate in integrating Bluetooth wireless technology into wireless data solutions targeting notebook and handheld PC devices. The collaboration will create, manufacture, and market wireless products for mobile professionals and corporate IT/IS customers.

Bluetooth wireless technology transfers data via short-range radio signals at 1Mbps, creating a 'Personal Area Network' for devices such as mobile computers, mobile phones, handheld PCs, and data information companions.

Using Bluetooth wireless technology, these devices will be able to synchronize, exchange and update information, and connect to the Internet at high speeds without the need for wires or cables.

When products with Bluetooth wireless technology are within a 10-meter range of each other, they can wirelessly transfer schedule and address-book information automatically between the users' accessory device and notebook PC, or automatically dial through a mobile phone to access the Internet.

"This agreement with Ericsson is the first step in a multi-phase strategic plan that will position Xircom as a total provider of wireless data solutions for Wide Area, Personal Area, and Local Area Networks."

- Dirk Gates
Chairman, President and CEO
Xircom, Inc.

"This is a great opportunity to leverage our current leadership position in the wired mobile data access market and to realize our vision of establishing Xircom as an international leader in the emerging wireless arena," said Dirk Gates, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Xircom, Inc.

"Xircom is the ideal choice to reach the wireless mobile data user. Their strength in the mobile data access market is unparalleled and our collaboration further cements Ericsson's position as the industry's most complete end-to-end wireless voice and data solution provider," said Jan Ahrenbring, Vice President Marketing and Communications at Ericsson Mobile Communications.

Xircom will demonstrate Bluetooth products in the Ericsson booth at the Bluetooth Congress, June 13-16, in Monte Carlo. Xircom has also demonstrated working Bluetooth products at the Bluetooth Developers Conference and CeBit computer show. Xircom has participated in Bluetooth specification discussions with members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and is a signatory of the Bluetooth Adopters Agreement and a related Bluetooth Early Adopter Agreement.

About Xircom, Inc.
Xircom designs and develops innovative solutions that connect mobile users worldwide to corporate networks, the Internet, Intranets and other online resources. Xircom sells and supports its products in over 100 countries through distributors, resellers, electronic channels and global OEM partnerships.

Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, with regional offices in Belgium, Japan and Singapore, Xircom has over 1,700 employees worldwide and trailing four-quarter revenue of US$450 million.

For more information on Xircom mobile access solutions visit www.xircom.com, or telephone: +65 732 5001, fax: +65 732 5002

About Ericsson

Ericsson provides communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. It has more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries. BLUETOOTH is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Sweden.

For more information on Ericsson visit www.ericsson.com, or contact James Borup Senior Press Officer Corporate Communications Phone: +46 8 757 5612 james.borup@lme.ericsson.se or Kathy Egan Vice President Ericsson Inc. Corporate Communications Phone: +1 212 685 4030 kathy.egan@ericsson.com

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