Sierra Wireless embedded module selected by NEC for integration in new notebook for Japan

The Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module provides mobile broadband connectivity for NEC’s LaVie G type J notebook computer
Vancouver (Canada)-February 21, 2008

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW)  today announced that NEC’s LaVie G type J  notebook computer with the integrated Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module is now certified and available for use on the NTT DoCoMo network.  The LaVie G type J notebook with the Sierra Wireless MC8780 module supports the NTT DoCoMo HSDPA flat rate service and is NEC’s first consumer platform with an embedded HSDPA module.

“With the Sierra Wireless MC8780 in the LaVie G type J notebook computer, our customers will have great connectivity to the Internet on the NTT DoCoMo network,” said Mr. Toshihiko Nasu, General Manager, for NEC Personal Solution Division. “Working with Sierra Wireless offers customers the best of breed technology that the Japanese market will appreciate.”

“We are proud to work with NEC, well known for innovative computer design, and NTT DoCoMo network, a leader in connectivity in Japan,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, for Sierra Wireless. “The compact LaVie G type J notebook, combined with integrated Sierra Wireless mobile broadband connectivity and NTTDoCoMo’s Flat-Rate Data Plan, offers customers exceptional value and reliability in a mobile solution.”

The Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module offers tri-band UMTS/HSPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE network access to enable roaming on mobile broadband networks worldwide. Operating on the NTT DoCoMo HSDPA network, the LaVie G type J notebook with the integrated MC8780 embedded module is capable of peak download speeds up to 3.6 Mbps (Megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 384 kbps.

MC8780 PCI Express Mini Card for HSDPA/UMTS networks
The MC8780 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module offers connectivity to all three HSDPA/UMTS frequency bands (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) and all four EDGE/GPRS bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide, allowing seamless global roaming on the best available network. The MC8780 offers receive diversity for improved fringe performance in Europe and Asia.
 
For more information about the Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/oemmodules.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com

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About NEC
NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com
 

About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) 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.

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