Sierra Wireless releases software development toolkit for Linux developers

Sierra Wireless Linux SDK reduces development time and cost for developers and OEMs integrating Sierra Wireless mobile broadband products within Linux systems

Vancouver (Canada) - December 8, 2008

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) supporting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) using the Linux operating system. This addition expands the company’s suite of available SDKs for developers working on applications utilizing Sierra Wireless products.

“Sierra Wireless is committed to supporting the widest possible range of customers and applications for 3G mobile broadband,” said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. “The Linux SDK allows developers integrating Sierra Wireless products into Linux-based systems – including portable devices, machine-to-machine systems, fixed wireless terminalsvending, and fleet management systems – to do so in a cost-effective way that supports their tight development schedules.” 

The Sierra Wireless Linux SDK supports both CDMA and UMTS technologies, providing OEM customers with a rapid development path when integrating Sierra Wireless embedded modules. The Linux SDK includes the Application Programming Interface (API), sample applications, utilities and documentation. It also provides customers with access to the feature-rich Sierra Wireless Command and Status (CnS) API including commands for voice, SMS, and data connections, which enables lower power consumption compared to AT commands.

The Sierra Wireless Linux SDK is also available to independent software vendors creating connection managers for network operators. This version of the SDK supports a wide range of Sierra Wireless adapter products, including PC card, ExpressCard and USB modems.

Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED™
Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules and enabling software form powerful, cost effective solutions that easily integrate into laptops, portable devices and fixed wireless terminals, offering complete wireless data solutions over HSPA and EV-DO Rev. A networks. Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED™ devices deliver the same reliable, high-quality mobile broadband connectivity customers have come to expect from Sierra Wireless, embedded and optimized within the host device to offer the best possible performance. Sierra Wireless also offers an extensive suite of software development kits and professional services to OEM customers, leveraging the company’s expertise in design, integration, and certification of wireless devices to enable customers to meet market launch targets.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless Linux SDK please contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mailing sales@sierrawireless.com.

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless modems and software connect people and systems to mobile broadband networks around the world. The Company offers a diverse product portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer, specialized vertical industry, and machine-to-machine markets, and provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

“Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED” is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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