3Com Teams With Leading Notebook PC Maker to Offer Next-Generation Mobile Connectivity

3Com and HP Partner to deliver LAN and Internet-Ready HP OmniBook Notebook PCs

3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) today announced that its Mini PCI card will provide LAN and modem connectivity inside the new HP OmniBook 6000 notebook PC from Hewlett-Packard Company. This marks the first joint bundled connectivity solution from HP and 3Com(R) in the mobile computing area. "With 3Com's Mini PCI card on board, the HP OmniBook 6000 notebook PC offers convenient mobility to increase on-the-go productivity of today's workforce," says Paul Morgan-Witts, worldwide director of product marketing for HP's Mobile Computing Division. "3Com's mobile products provide a competitive advantage to our customers seeking affordable, reliable notebook computing." HP will also offer the 3Com Megahertz(R) 10/100 LAN + 56K Global Modem CardBus PC Card as an accessory to its complete line of HP OmniBook notebook PCs. 3Com's latest connectivity product combines the company's industry-leading modem and LAN technology into one card -- giving users fast and reliable network connections from virtually anywhere in the world. The solution also features an innovative XJACK(R) connector that simplifies connections by automatically sensing and configuring for LAN or dial-up mode. "This relationship with HP will broaden the reach of 3Com's universal connectivity initiative, providing simple and reliable connectivity anytime, anywhere," says Rick Maule, vice president and general manager of 3Com's Mobile Connectivity Division. "Whether working from the office, home or somewhere in between, email and Internet access should be a given, not a hassle to mobile professionals. 3Com's intuitive mobile solutions are designed to offer constant connectivity to HP customers, without a call to the IT department." The Mini PCI card -- an extremely small, standards-based design that is functionally equivalent to a standard PCI expansion card -- is becoming a widely-accepted form factor for adding integrated modem and LAN connectivity in notebook PCs and other small communication platforms. The Mini PCI form factor "snaps" into a variety of locations on the system board, rather than occupying valuable space on the outer edge. This not only gives hardware manufacturers greater flexibility in system design but also allows communications components to be serviced locally, instead of sending the entire notebook for repair.

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