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."
Scottie Jack, President and CEO
Parachute Technologies, LLC
(800) 218-5010/(626) 798-8988
Hooker & Company