Visor adaptor is first Xircom product from Intel

Intel announced a Xircom wireless Ethernet adaptor for Handspring's Visor handheld computer Tuesday, marking the first Xircom product since Intel purchased the company earlier this year.

The Xircom SpringPort Wireless Ethernet Module is slightly smaller than a deck of cards, and plugs into the expansion slot on the back of the Visor. The WLAN (wireless LAN) module is designed to provide secure, high-speed, wireless access to applications and data located on a network, Intel said in a statement.

The module is the first product released by Xircom since Intel bought the modem and network card maker in January for US$748 million in cash. The module is compliant with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 802.11b wireless standard and is interoperable with the Xircom Wireless Ethernet Access Point and Intel's PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN products, Intel said.

The Ethernet module offers transfer speeds of up to 11M bps (bits per second) within 300 feet of a WLAN access point or hub. The module will be available this month through resellers, shops, and Xircom's online store, and will be priced at $299.

Just Monday, Handspring lowered the price of its Visor Deluxe handheld from $249 to $199 through June 17, and also announced rebates on the Visor Platinum and modules.

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