NT 11-K, 1998-06-29

                             Washington, D. C. 20549

                                   FORM 12b-25

                                                Commission File Number _________

                           NOTIFICATION OF LATE FILING

(Check One):
    |_| Form 10-K |_| Form 20-F |X| Form 11-K |_| Form 10-QSB |_| Form N-SAR

                   For Period Ended: December 31, 1997
               [  ]  Transition Report on Form 10-K
               [  ]  Transition Report on Form 20-F
               [  ]  Transition Report on Form 11-K
               [  ]  Transition Report on Form 10-Q
               [  ]  Transition Report on Form N-SAR
               For the Transition Period Ended:_________________________________

Read attached instruction sheet before preparing form.  Please print or type.

Nothing  in this  form  shall be  construed  to imply  that the  Commission  has
verified any information contained herein.

If the notification  relates to a portion of the filing checked above,  identify
the Item(s) to which the notification relates:

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                         PART I - REGISTRANT INFORMATION

3Com Corporation                                                                
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Full name of registrant

U.S. Robotics Corporation                                      
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Former name if applicable
5400 Bayfront Plaza                                                             
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Address of principal executive office (Street and number)
Santa Clara, CA  95052-8145                                                     
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City, state and zip code

                        PART II - RULES 12b-25(b) and (c)

If the subject report could not be filed without  unreasonable effort or expense
and the  registrant  seeks relief  pursuant to Rule  12-b-25(b),  the  following
should be completed. (Check box if appropriate.)

         (a)      The reasons described in reasonable detail in Part III of this
                  form could not be eliminated  without  unreasonable  effort or

|X|      (b)      The subject  annual  report,  semi-annual  report,  transition
                  report on Form 10-K,  20-F, 11-K, or N-SAR, or portion thereof
                  will be filed or before the 15th  calendar day  following  the
                  prescribed  due  date;  or the  subject  quarterly  report  or
                  transition report or Form 10-Q, or thereof will be filed on or
                  before the fifth  calendar day  following the  prescribed  due
                  date; and

         (c)      The  accountant's  statement or other exhibit required by Rule
                  12b-25(c)has been attached if applicable.


                              PART III - NARRATIVE

State below in  reasonable  detail the reasons  why the Form 10-K,  11-K,  10-Q,
N-SAR, or the transition  report or portion  thereof,  could not be filed within
the prescribed time period. (Attach extra sheets if needed.)

3Com  Corporation  acquired  all of the  outstanding  shares  of  U.S.  Robotics
Corporation on August 5, 1997.  U.S.  Robotics  Corporation  maintained the U.S.
Robotics  Corporation  401(k)  Retirement  Savings  Plan for which  Form 11-K is
required.  3Com  Corporation  intends  to file Form  11-K for the U.S.  Robotics
Corporation  401(k) Retirement  Savings Plan and is diligently  working with the
plan auditors to obtain completed financial statements for purposes of preparing
Form 11-K. 3Com Corporation  respectfully requests an additional fifteen days to
ensure that Form 11- K is accurate and properly  reflects the plan  activity for
the full 1997 plan year.

                           PART IV - OTHER INFORMATION

(1)  Name  and  telephone  number  of  person  to  contact  in  regard  to  this

     Christine L. Richardson, Esq.    (650)         493-9300
            (Name)                  (Area Code) (Telephone Number)

(2)  Have all other periodic  reports  required under Section 13 or 15(d) of the
     Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30 of the Investment Company Act
     of 1940 during the preceding 12 months or for such shorter  period that the
     registrant was required to file such report(s) been filed? If the answer is
     no, identify report(s).                                      |X| Yes |_| No

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(3)  Is it anticipated that any significant change in results of operations from
     the corresponding  period for the last fiscal year will be reflected by the
     earnings  statements  to be  included  in the  subject  report  or  portion
     thereof?                                                     |_| Yes |X| No
     If so: attach an explanation of the anticipated  change,  both  narratively
     and quantitatively, and, if appropriate, state the reasons why a reasonable
     estimate of the results cannot be made.

                                3Com Corporation
                  (Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

Has  caused  this  notification  to be signed on its  behalf by the  undersigned
thereunto duly authorized.

Date:     June 29, 1998         By: /S/  RANETTE C. FLETCHER       
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                                    ASSISTANT SECRETARY
                                    3COM (DELAWARE) CORPORATION
                                    AND ON BEHALF OF THE PLAN ADMINISTRATOR
                                    OF THE U.S. ROBOTICS CORPORATION 401(K)
                                    RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN

INSTRUCTION: The form may be signed by an executive officer of the registrant or
by any other duly  authorized  representative.  The name and title of the person
signing  the form  shall  be typed or  printed  beneath  the  signature.  If the
statement is signed on behalf of the registrant by an authorized  representative
(other than an executive officer), evidence of the representative's authority to
sign on behalf of the registrant shall be filed with the form.



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violations (see 18 U.S.C. 1001).

                              GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1.   This form is required by Rule 12b-25 of the General  Rules and  Regulations
     under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

2.   One signed  original and four conformed  copies of this form and amendments
     thereto  must be  completed  and filed  with the  Securities  and  Exchange
     Commission,  Washington,  D.C.  20549,  in accordance  with Rule 0-3 of the
     General Rules and Regulations  under the Act. The information  contained in
     or filed  with  the form  will be made a matter  of  public  record  in the
     Commission files.

3.   A manually  signed copy of the form and  amendments  thereto shall be filed
     with each national  securities exchange on which any class of securities of
     the registrant is registered.

4.   Amendments to the notifications  must also be filed on Form 12b-25 but need
     not restate information that has been correctly  furnished.  The form shall
     be clearly identified as an amended notification.

5.   Electronic Filers.  This form shall not be used by electronic filers unable
     to timely  file a report  solely  due to  electronic  difficulties.  Filers
     unable  to  submit  a  report  within  the time  period  prescribed  due to
     difficulties  in  electronic  filing  should comply with either Rule 201 or
     Rule 202 of  Regulation  S-T or apply  for an  adjustment  in  filing  date
     pursuant to Rule 13(b) of Regulation S-T.

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