Sierra Wireless expands HSDPA AirCard® PC Card line

The AirCard 875 is the company’s 15th product in the AirCard family and offers true high-speed roaming on 3G networks worldwide.
Vancouver, Canada-June 01, 2006

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today introduced the 15th product in the company’s flagship AirCard® product line, the AirCard 875 wireless wide area network card for HSDPA networks. The AirCard® 875 offers increased data speeds and high-speed worldwide roaming, with tri-band HSDPA / UMTS and quad-band Class 12 EDGE / GPRS connectivity. Commercial shipments of the card are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year.

“The AirCard 875 is the latest in a long line of high-quality AirCard PC Card products, built on Sierra Wireless’s 13 years of wireless product development experience,” said Trent Punnett, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. “We are committed to continuing industry leadership in developing products for new network technologies and providing the reliable, high-performing wireless devices that our customers have come to expect from Sierra Wireless.”

According to the GSM Association, GSM-based networks (which include GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA network technologies) have been deployed in 208 countries worldwide, with high-speed UMTS or HSDPA networks deployed in 50 countries. Compatible with all GSM frequencies used worldwide, the AirCard 875 offers true global connectivity to the best GSM-based network technology available .

The AirCard 875 is a Type II PC Card with a fixed antenna, supporting peak theoretical data rates of up to 3.6 Mbps on HSDPA networks  and is upgradeable to support future network upgrades providing peak data rates of up to 7.2 Mbps2. The AirCard 875 supports HSDPA and UMTS on the 2100, 1900, and 850 MHz frequency bands, plus EDGE and GPRS on the 1900, 1800, 900, and 850 MHz bands, allowing one card to operate at the best available speed on wireless networks worldwide. In addition to the increased data speed and worldwide roaming capability, the AirCard 875 offers several new advanced features:

  • Receiver equalization enables reductions in signal interference and better throughput, which is particularly beneficial to customers in urban areas with high levels of signal noise;
  • Simultaneous voice and data capabilities allow customers to use the card as a phone with a headset, without suspending access to email or online applications (available with future software upgrade, subject to network support);
  • High-performance antenna in a rugged housing includes integrated status indicator lights and a new low profile design.

Sierra Wireless introduced its flagship AirCard product line in June 1997 with the AirCard 210 for CDPD networks. The AirCard 875 is the 15th card to be introduced in the product line, which has also included the AirCard 300 and AirCard 350 for CDPD networks; the AirCard 400 for the Ricochet network; the AirCard 510, AirCard 550 and AirCard 555 for CDMA 1X networks; the AirCard 710 and AirCard 750 for GSM/GPRS networks; the AirCard 775 for EDGE networks; the AirCard 580 for EV-DO Release 0 networks; the AirCard 860 and AirCard 850 for HSDPA networks; and the recently announced AirCard 595 for EV-DO Revision A networks, expected in the third quarter of this year.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1-604-232-1488 or e-mail [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. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong Kong.  For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

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