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Xircom Joins Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum

Company to Lend Expertise to Wireless Internet Access Development

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., January 17, 2000 - Xircom, Inc. (Nasdaq: XIRC), the leading provider of mobile information access solutions, today announced it is broadening its participation in industry standards bodies with its membership in the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. Through this membership, Xircom can help advance an open, global specification empowering users of wireless devices to easily and instantly access and interact with information and services.

Wireless Application Protocol is a specification that enables easy, fast delivery of relevant information and services to mobile users. WAP defines user interface and infrastructure requirements to bring Internet content to handheld digital wireless devices such as mobile phones, pagers, two-way radios, smartphones and wearable information appliances like the Xircom Rex®.

"Xircom is uniquely positioned as a veteran and leader in the mobile information access industry," said Peter Rysavy of Rysavy Research, Chairman of the Portable Computing and Communications Association (PCCA) Standards Committee. "They have a history of investing in the development of industry standards and will bring to the WAP Forum both a technical and marketing competence centered around their expertise in the mobile communications market."

The WAP Forum - Developing the Wireless Internet
"The WAP Forum sits at the intersection of wireless communications and the Internet and has the support of industry leaders that are focused on realizing its potential," said Jim Soriano, Xircom Chief Technologist. "Xircom is committed to contributing its experience in mobile information access to this dynamic convergence enabling the wireless Internet."

The WAP Forum is the industry association comprising over 200 members that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones, pagers, personal digital assistants and other wireless terminals. The primary goal of the WAP Forum is to bring together companies from all segments of the wireless industry value chain to ensure product interoperability and growth of the wireless market. Please visit http://www.wapforum.com for more information.

Xircom - Advancing Industry Standards
In addition to its participation in the WAP Forum, Xircom continues to play a leading role in the research and development of technologies enabling mobile information access through involvement in the following industry consortiums: International Telecommunications Standards User Group (ITSUG), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Mobile Advisory Council (MAC), Portable Computing and Communications Association (PCCA), Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) and others.

About Xircom, Inc.
For over a decade mobile professionals around the world have relied on Xircom for access to their information anytime, anywhere. 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, Calif., with regional headquarters in Belgium, Japan and Singapore, Xircom has 1,500 employees worldwide and trailing four-quarter revenue of $424 million. Please visit http://www.xircom.com for more information.

Xircom worldwide press contacts:

Xircom Corporate:

Company, Technology and Products:
Bethany Burnam
[email protected]
Tel. 805-376-6813

Mike Hulme
Porter Novelli Convergence Group
[email protected]
Tel. 415-975-2267

Xircom Regions:

Americas
U.S. Customers, Channels and Vertical Markets
Latin America and Canada
Sally Peterson
[email protected]
Tel. 805-376-6592

Europe/Middle East/Africa:
Carina Govaert
[email protected]
Tel. +32/3 450 0904

Asia Pacific:
Monica Li
[email protected]
Tel. +65 732 5001

Japan:
Reiko Iwado
[email protected]
Tel: +81/(0)3 3407 0033

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the timing and success of new product introductions.

Xircom and Rex are registered trademarks of Xircom, Inc. Other company or product names have been used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Xircom is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has regional headquarter offices in Antwerp, Belgium, Tokyo, Japan and Singapore. US Sales: (800) 438-4526. Telephone: (805) 376-9300 Fax: (805) 376-9311