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Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development, +1 617.497.1300

SYWARE's SerialLink™ Universal Serial Port Driver Supports Handheld PC 2000

Unique software driver allows HPC2000 and Windows CE handhelds to support any RS232-enabled device

Cambridge, MA (December 11, 2000)-SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced that its SerialLink™ serial port integration solution for Windows CE now supports Handheld PC 2000, Microsoft's new platform for handheld PCs. As a universal serial port driver, SerialLink allows any HPC 2000 or Windows CE handheld to support the myriad of data input devices that use the RS-232 serial communications protocol, enabling vast new functionality for handheld users.

SerialLink is a serial input driver that provides a simple, cost-effective data capture solution for all types of portable applications. Serial output devices such as barcode scanners work with SerialLink to provide HPC 2000 and Windows CE-based solutions for managing inventory, auditing prices, tracking patients, and conducting market research surveys. SerialLink also enables other types of serial devices, such as scales, scientific instruments, and proprietary hardware, to provide input to applications running on the handheld unit. In addition, SerialLink allows HPC 2000 and Windows CE handhelds to use the serial port to collect data from remote systems.

"SerialLink dramatically extends the range of data collection solutions available to HPC 2000 and Windows CE users," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "The universal serial driver eliminates the time and cost of creating device-specific drivers, slashing time to market and providing new revenue opportunities for developers and their customers."

Simple to Install and Configure
Point and click configuration settings match the format of the input device. The software installs easily on the handheld and runs in the background as a standalone system tray application.

A system-level interface ensures operability with any active application running on any HPC 2000 or Windows CE device. SerialLink automatically directs characters flowing through the serial port to the kernel keyboard buffer, where they are passed to the active application window as if they were entered from the keyboard.

The driver's tiny memory requirements and zero-memory off-mode preserve vital system resources. SerialLink requires less than 15 kilobytes of RAM memory when enabled, and removes itself completely from memory when disabled

Availability and Pricing
SerialLink is available now at $49 quantity one. Packs of 100 are available for $500. Discounts for higher volumes are also available.

SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the popular database development tool for Windows CE handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. For more information, please visit

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For further information, contact:
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300
Fax: +1 617.497.8729

PR Office:
Joe Romano, Partner
HighGround, Inc.
+1 781.279.1320 x208