Intel Discontinues Rex Organizers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 6:51 p.m. ET
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel Corp. (news/quote) discontinued the Rex line of handheld organizers Tuesday, saying the credit card-size gadgets do not fit into the chip-making giant’s plans.
Intel took over Rex as part of $748 million acquisition of Xircom, a maker of cards and other devices that connect mobile computers to the Internet and other networks.
“The Rex product line isn’t a strategic focus for Intel,” said Intel spokesman William Calder.
It was not immediately known how many Rex 6000s have been sold since their introduction in December.
Intel will honor all warranties for the device, Calder said. Employees who worked on the project have found other jobs within Intel.
Rex, which sold for about $150, holds appointments, calendars and contact information like the larger palm-size organizers. Rex also has a touch-sensitive screen and shares information with personal computers by cable or a PC card slot.
The Rex Internet portal, where users could download special Web sites and other content to the device, will shut down at the end of the month, according to a message on the site.
On the Net:
Rex portal: http://www.rex.net