Intel launches WLAN module for Palm

Palm Tuesday unleashed a flurry of product and partnership announcements on the crowd at the TechXNY conference in New York. following the opening keynote by Carl Yankowski, the company's chief executive officer.

Intel announced that it has launched a wireless LAN (local area network) module for the Palm m500 series, Intel said in a statement. The module, developed by Xircom, is the first WLAN product for the m500 series, Intel said. Intel completed its purchase of mobile communications company Xircom in March of this year. The module snaps onto the back of the handheld device and is easily installed using plug-and-play software, Intel said. The Xircom Wireless LAN Module will be available from July, priced at US$299, Intel said.

Meanwhile, Palm and PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that they will link up to help companies bring wireless access via Palm devices to enterprise applications, the companies said in a statement. In September 2000, the companies tested a program called "Palm@Enterprise," which brought wireless enterprise applications through a corporate portal to Palm devices, the companies said.

Finally, Palm and Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (Panasonic) announced Tuesday efforts to get consumers and businesses to adopt Secure Digital (SD) memory and Input/Output (SDIO) cards. Panasonic is a founding member of the Secure Digital Association (SDA), and uses the technology in its digital cameras, digital video camcorders, voice recorders and MP3 audio players, while Palm introduced the technology to its m500 series of handhelds earlier this year.

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