Sierra Wireless Mini Card modules for integrated EV-DO network connectivity selected for new notebook platforms

New platforms enabled with Sierra Wireless modules for EV-DO networks offer mobile professionals convenient built-in 3G connections to email and online applications.
Vancouver, Canada-January 06, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that Lenovo has selected the Sierra Wireless EV-DO PCI Express Mini Card embedded module (MC5720) for its newest ThinkPad T60 and X60 business notebook computers. 

The ThinkPad T60 and the X60 notebook computers are the latest models from Lenovo to provide AirCard Enabled™ wide area wireless connectivity to mobile professionals. This follows the successful integration of the Sierra Wireless MC5720 EV-DO Mini Card module into Lenovo ThinkPad Z60 Series notebooks, launched last year. 

Sierra Wireless Mini Card embedded modules are designed for integration into notebook computers and other mobile computing devices, providing OEM customers with a reliable choice for built-in wide area wireless connectivity, supported by Sierra Wireless’s more than 12 years experience in integrating embedded wide area wireless solutions.

“The integration services that Sierra Wireless provided in the development of the Z60 Series notebook computers last year were invaluable in giving us a time-to-market advantage,” said Peter Hortensius, Senior Vice President, Notebook Business Unit, Lenovo. “The quality of the Sierra Wireless product and the top-notch support the company offered convinced us that Sierra Wireless modules were the best choice as we expand into new platforms.”  

“We are pleased to expand our collaboration with Lenovo to deliver the advantages of integrated wide area wireless connections to mobile professionals,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “With the new platforms available, the reliability, convenience, and simplicity of integrated Sierra Wireless 3G connectivity makes it an increasingly attractive option for truly useful mobile computing.”

AirCard Enabled™

Sierra Wireless has over 12 years of experience in delivering industry leading WWAN products. OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI Express Mini Card products, along with superior integration support, so end customers experience the same reliable, high performance wireless data solutions users have come to expect from the AirCard line of PC card products

Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules include a common comprehensive WHQL-certified USB software driver architecture that provides superior power management, a dedicated diagnostic channel and the ability to enable or disable NDIS, which provides maximum flexibility to OEM customers when designing their wireless product. To simplify and expedite product development cycles, Sierra Wireless also provides system integrators and OEM customers with comprehensive software development kits (SDK) or Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher™ software for easy connection management

MC5720 PCI Express Mini Card for EV-DO networks

The dual-band MC5720 PCI Express Mini Card, built using the MSM6500™ Mobile Station Modem™ chipset from QUALCOMM, offers typical download data rates of 400-700 kbps, with peak speeds up to 2.4 Mbps. To provide coverage in areas where an EV-DO network connection is not available, the MC5720 module is also compatible with widely available 1X networks and will seamlessly switch without interrupting the user. 

The MC5720 module measures 51 x 30 x 4.5 mm, weighs in at less than 12 g, and complies with new European Union directives on RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances). 

For more information about Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/product/pciexpress_minicard.aspx, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing sales@sierrawireless.com

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications; and the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions. For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit www.sierrawireless.com

“AirCard” is a registered trademark and “AirCard Enabled” 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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