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Parachute™ PC Card Adapter Gives New Life To Old Palms®




Mitch Mooers


Parachute Technologies


Plymouth, MN, July 30, 2001 – Parachute Technologies, LLC announces the release of the Parachute‘ PC Card adapter designed for Palm® handheld organizers. Parachute™ III, the world’s only PC Card adapter for Palm handheld organizers, clips on a Palm III series organizer allowing it to accept any Type II PC Card or Compact Flash (CF) Card through the use of a CF Card to PC Card converter. "We are excited to bring the first product to market that truly expands the capabilities and extends the life of the millions of Palm IIIs being used by mobile professionals worldwide," said Scottie Jack, President and CEO of Parachute Technologies, LLC. "For the first time, Palm III users will be able to utilize existing PC Cards for applications such as wireless Internet access, wireless LAN access to company data, browsing web sites and sending e-mail. The applications are as varied as the number of PC Cards out there." Parachute Technologies began accepting on-line orders today through the company’s web site, www.parachutetech.com, with delivery within six to eight weeks. The suggested list price of $149.00 has been reduced to $129.00 with free shipping for the first 30 days. "Parachute products offer a cost-effective alternative to upgrading, which retail customers and corporate buyers find very attractive," explained Jack. "We plan to develop products for all PDAs that use the Palm OS, including the Visor, HandEra and the HP Jornada. In addition, Parachutes are well underway for the Palm V and Palm 505." Other than the Palm IIIc, Parachute III is compatible with the entire Palm III series including the IBM Workpad PC Companion. It works with many PC Card devices such as the Novatel Merlin CDPD modem on the AT&T wireless Network and RIM wireless PC Card for the Mobitex network. The company is working closely with software developers to write drivers for the most popular PC Cards. As drivers are released, they will be listed on the Parachute web site. Software developers that purchase a Parachute III can also download the product’s Software Developer’s Kit (SDK). The SDK allows developers to develop drivers for PC Cards and will be available for download within 30 days. QRS Diagnostic, LLC, a manufacturer of PC Card medical devices, has already been developing a Parachute driver for its line of PC Card medical devices. Spencer Lien, QRS Founder and CEO, states, "Parachute allows us to move our PC Card devices over the Palm OS quickly and inexpensively. Instead of having to consider developing new hardware to fit Compact Flash or SD slots, we can write a simple driver and bundle Parachutes with our Cards. It saved us years of development and several hundred thousand dollars in costs. With the Parachute III, we beat everyone to the Palm platform and can begin generating revenue immediately." -End- Contacts: Sales Scottie Jack, President and CEO Parachute Technologies, LLC (800) 218-5010/(626) 798-8988 scottie@parachutetech.com Media Relations Mitch Mooers Hooker & Company (651) 659-9648 mitch@hookerandcompany

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