Sierra Wireless quick to support OEM customers with HSPA+ embedded module

Sierra Wireless expands HSPA+ product offering with the MC8700 embedded module
Barcelona (Spain)-February 16, 2009

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today introduced the MC8700 module, the company’s first embedded module for HSPA+ networks. The Sierra Wireless MC8700 module is designed specifically to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a superior go-to-market solution that takes advantage of the fastest mobile broadband data speed available worldwide.

The MC8700 is a PCI Express MiniCard designed for OEMs integrating mobile broadband capabilities into devices for vertical market applications, including fixed wireless terminals and portable handheld devices. The MC8700 offers downlink speeds of up to 21 megabits per second (Mbps) and uplink speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps. The improved data speeds available with HSPA+ enable OEM customers to expand their industrial and enterprise product development into applications requiring higher bandwidth, such as video monitoring.
“HSPA+ offers a significant performance improvement for mobile broadband users, which is why Sierra Wireless committed early on to bringing HSPA+ devices to market quickly,” said Greg Speakman, vice president of Marketing for Sierra Wireless. “In addition to our own development efforts, we committed to supporting the efforts of our OEM customers in getting HSPA+ enabled devices to market quickly as well. We understand that this level of commitment, along with the support our teams provide in software, integration services, and testing, is what keeps our OEM customers coming back to Sierra Wireless.”

Sierra Wireless MC8700 embedded module for HSPA+ networks

  • Fastest mobile broadband data speeds available, with peak downlink at 21 Mbps and peak uplink at 5.76 Mbps.
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) support is offered with a comprehensive hardware, software and services portfolio to simplify integration and applications development with Sierra Wireless embedded modules. Windows CE and Linux SDK support available.
  • Familiar PCI Express MiniCard form factor allows for simple product upgrades from previous models.
  • Quad-band HSPA/UMTS and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM network access for roaming on high-speed networks worldwide.

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 mobile broadband 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.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless MC8700 embedded module, please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail [email protected].

Demonstrations of Sierra Wireless products for HSPA+ networks will be taking place at Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 16 to 19.

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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

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