New Sierra Wireless embedded module enables market expansion with 900 MHz HSPA frequency support

The Sierra Wireless MC8792V embedded module caters to market diversity, offering 900 MHz HSPA support in a feature-rich, cost-effective product
Vancouver (Canada)-September 29, 2008

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today introduced the MC8792V, the newest module added to the Company’s growing line of embedded modules. Designed for HSPA networks, the MC8792V is the first Sierra Wireless embedded module to offer 900 MHz frequency band support, providing new and existing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers the ability to expand their product offering with this feature-rich mobile broadband solution.

The MC8792V embedded module can be integrated into a variety of OEM devices, including fixed wireless terminals, point-of-sale devices,  as well as computers and ruggedized laptops, offering complete wireless data solutions over HSPA networks utilizing the 900, 1900, or 2100 MHz frequency bands. The MC8792V module includes GPS support and enables hardware devices to function as powerful communications tools with both voice and data capabilities. It offers a cost-effective solution for OEM customers, while maintaining high-end functionality and superior performance.

“An increasing number of network operators around the world are currently considering, or are already using the 900 MHz frequency range in their HSPA network deployments,” said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Development, for Sierra Wireless. “The MC8792V caters to these companies, providing the same premium functionality and performance that is expected of Sierra Wireless embedded modules while enabling OEM customers to align themselves with other markets offering mobile broadband technology.”

Sierra Wireless MC8792V

  • Tri-band HSPA/UMTS (900, 1900, and 2100 MHz) and quad-band support for EDGE/GPRS/GSM network access for roaming on high-speed networks worldwide
  • Peak data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps (megabits per second) on the downlink and 2.0 Mbps on the uplink (future upgradeable to 5.76 Mbps)
  • Voice capabilities, making it ideal for fixed wireless terminals and portable handheld devices that require the ability to make voice calls
  • Support for simultaneous voice and data usage
  • GPS-capable to support location-based services


Samples of the MC8792V are available to OEM customers for integration and testing. Volume shipments are expected to begin late in the fourth quarter, 2008.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless MC8792V embedded module, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/oemmodules.aspx. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail sales@sierrawireless.com.

Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED™
Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules are 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. The company also provides professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design, integration, and carrier certification.

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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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