Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today introduced its second
generation of 4G LTE AirPrime™
embedded wireless modules for notebooks, ultraportable notebooks,
and tablets. The six new additions to the AirPrime EM Series and MC
Series support 4G LTE networks worldwide and are compatible with the
Windows® 8 operating system.
Sierra Wireless first launched embedded modules for LTE networks nearly
two years ago, at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Since then, the
company has delivered LTE-enabled products on networks around the world,
shipping over 2 million LTE products to date. Sales of AirPrime embedded
modules to notebook and tablet manufacturers have enjoyed strong growth
in 2012, up 66 percent in the first three quarters of the year, compared
to the same period in 2011.
"This new lineup of embedded wireless modules offers notebook and tablet
manufacturers a leading edge connectivity solution for a wide range of
devices, with expanded support for both LTE networks and Windows 8
packaged into some of the thinnest modules we've ever produced," said
Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Mobile Computing for Sierra
Wireless. "The continued deployment of LTE networks and the launch of
Windows 8 have driven solid growth in our sales to device manufacturers
this year, and our expansion of the product line demonstrates our
continued commitment to this key market."
All of the new MC and EM Series modules are optimized for low power
consumption, to enable longer battery life in their host devices. In
addition, all of them are compatible with 2G and 3G network technologies
for use in areas where LTE is not yet available.
Multi-operator support on LTE networks provides manufacturers with an
efficient solution for inventory management. With each module covering
multiple LTE network operators within its targeted geographic region,
manufacturers can address markets worldwide with fewer variants. End
customers also have the flexibility to select and change their network
service provider without having to purchase a new device.
The AirPrime EM7355, AirPrme EM7305, and AirPrime EM7330 are the first
AirPrime modules built to the new PCI Express M.2 module standard,
making them even thinner and smaller than the AirPrime EM7700 module,
which was introduced earlier this year as the thinnest 4G module
available. Each module offers multi-operator LTE support with sets of
frequency bands for specific regions - one for North America, one for
EMEA and Australia, and one for Japan.
The AirPrime MC7355, AirPrime MC7305, and AirPrime MC7330 are PCI
Express Mini Card modules designed for use in notebook computers. Like
their EM Series counterparts, the AirPrime MC73xx modules offer
multi-operator LTE support and differ in the set of frequency bands
supported on each.
The first of the new EM and MC Series modules are expected to be
commercially available in the first quarter of 2013, and they will
continue to roll out over the first three quarters of the year. Sierra
Wireless has multiple design wins for the new modules and is working
with leading manufacturers to integrate them into devices that are
expected to launch in 2013.
For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded wireless modules for
notebooks and tablets please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/highspeed.
To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or
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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can successfully
bring wireless applications to market. For more information about Sierra
Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirPrime" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Windows® is a trademark of
the Microsoft group of companies. Other product or service names
mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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