Sierra Wireless introduces next generation HSDPA embedded module

MC8775 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module will offer worldwide HSDPA access at faster data speeds.
Vancouver, Canada-May 08, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today introduced the MC8775 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module, the first product in the company’s lineup for next generation HSDPA networks and the sixth in the company’s 3G embedded module product line. With tri-band HSDPA functionality for worldwide roaming on 3G networks, the MC8775 supports peak data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps*, and is ready for OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) testing and integration into notebook computers and other devices.

“Sierra Wireless is committed to providing our OEM customers with the best available wireless technology for integration as quickly as possible, to support their product development cycles and provide a time-to-market advantage,” said Trent Punnett, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. “The increased data speed and worldwide roaming capabilities of the MC8775 embedded module offer significant benefits that we believe OEMs will want to deliver to their customers, and allows them to ship a single platform worldwide.”

The MC8775 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module offers connectivity to all three HSDPA/UMTS frequency bands (850, 1900, and 2100 MHz) and all four EDGE/GPRS bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide, allowing for seamless global roaming on the best available network. The module also offers reduced signal interference and better data throughput through the use of advanced radio features. This will be especially beneficial to users in urban areas, which often have high levels of signal noise. For OEM customers who wish to add voice capabilities to their devices, a voice-enabled variant of the module, called the MC8775V, offers simultaneous voice and data transmission capability. Out of the box, the MC8775 supports peak theoretical data rates up to 3.6 Mbps on HSDPA networks*, with the potential for future upgrades to provide support for peak data rates of up to 7.2 Mbps*.

AirCard Enabled™
Sierra Wireless has proven experience in delivering first class WWAN products for over 12 years. OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI Express Mini Card products along with best-in-class technical and integration support, so end customers experience the same reliable, robust AirCard Enabled™ data solution 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 OEM customers a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) and Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher™ software for easy connection management.

*Subject to network conditions.

For more information about Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules for HSDPA networks, please visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing [email protected].

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) develops and markets reliable, high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard® line of wireless PC cards, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging the company’s expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing devices. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

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