Xircom crams PDA into your wallet

Xircom's REX MicroPDA 6000 is the same size as a credit card and is designed to plug straight into a PC card slot so you can synchronise your data.

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By  Rob Corder Published  December 12, 2000

Xircom's REX MicroPDA 6000 is the same size as a credit card and is designed to plug straight into a PC card slot so you can synchronise your data.

Xircom has developed what it describes as the world’s smallest, lightest, full-function MicroPDA.

The REX 6000 is the same size as a credit card, but packs enough power and functionality for Xircom to claim that it is a natural replacement for traditional PDAs like the Palmpilot or Visor.

“Xircom has taken the features that users most value in their PDA and fit them into a streamlined form factor that they won’t think twice about carrying with them at all times,” said Hassane Chatila, division manager, Advanced Technology Division for Alpha 55, which will distribute the REX 6000 in the Middle East.

The REX 6000 MicroPDA takes portability to a new level by fitting comfortably into a small purse, wallet or shirt pocket. A touch screen and stylus enables users to input their calendar, address book, to-do list information and memos.

It stores thousands of contact names and records and notifies users of upcoming meetings and events.

Xircom is also launching a new website, www.rex.net, that enables users to customise and download web content to the REX MicroPDA including news, stock quotes, sports and weather reports. It is designed to be the official destination site for REX MicroPDA users, providing product information, updates and services.

The truly unique feature of the MicroPDA is the way it interfaces to your PC. You simply insert it directly into a notebook PC card slot, or into a USB cradle connected to a desktop PC. This allows the unit to synchronise with Microsoft Outlook and other Personal Information Management (PIM) software packages.

The REX 6000 MicroPDA will be available at Alpha 55's retail partners' outlets across the Middle East, at a price of $163.

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