Xircom today positioned itself to capitalise on the expected boom in sales of Windows CE based handheld computers with the launch a new line of connectivity products.
The first product in the Compactcard range will be launched in Europe next month. The Compactcard Ethernet 10 card, retailing in the UK at 89 pounds + VAT, will be followed by cards for modem and GSM connectivity.
Last month, Xircom told VNU Newswire that PC cards for Windows CE devices were a key opportunity for the Belgian manufacturer, alongside Mini PCI onboard modem technology. (see Newswire 20 April)
Analysts at IDC predict a 36.7 per cent rise in shipments of handheld computing devices by next year, representing 8.9 million unit shipments in 2000. Windows CE is expected to be the dominant operating system on these devices, with a 48.3 per cent market share.
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