Microboard chooses Sierra Wireless embedded modules for 3G connectivity



    
       Microboard Ellite notebook computer now offers embedded link to
             the Claro 3G mobile broadband network in Brazil, for
                       convenient connections on the go
    

    VANCOUVER, and ITAJUBA, Brazil, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) and Microboard today announced that Microboard has
selected Sierra Wireless embedded modules to provide 3G wireless connectivity
in the Microboard Ellite notebook computer. The Microboard Ellite 3G notebook
is now available in Brazil with service on the Claro mobile broadband network,
and can be found in the carrier stores. Claro offers to its customers a
combination of the Microboard Ellite 3G notebook and broadband services for a
one-year contract period on a monthly payment basis.
    The integrated Sierra Wireless 3G embedded module in the Microboard
Ellite 3G notebook offers an always available, reliable connection to email,
the Internet, and corporate networks, simplifying connectivity for mobile
professionals, who no longer need to spend valuable time searching for a WiFi
hotspot. Sierra Wireless also provides Microboard customers with Sierra
Wireless's own Watcher(TM) software for easy connection management. Supporting
3G mobile broadband data speeds of up to 1 Mbps on the Claro 3G network, the
Microboard Ellite 3G notebook can transfer even large files quickly, providing
the ability to work efficiently away from the office while maintaining the
connectivity that has become essential in today's business environment.
    "Integrating Sierra Wireless embedded modules into the Microboard Ellite
3G notebook allows us to offer our customers true mobility," said 
Enrico Prado, Corporate Business Director for Microboard. "Network
connectivity has become increasingly important to our customers, and with the
Microboard Ellite 3G notebook, they always have access to the information they
need to be productive."
    "The Microboard Ellite 3G notebook is a stylish, fully featured tool for
mobility, and the addition of Sierra Wireless embedded 3G connectivity makes
it as effective in a taxi on the way to the airport as it is sitting on a
desk," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales for Sierra
Wireless. "We are pleased to collaborate with Microboard and Claro to deliver
more convenient, reliable mobile broadband access for customers in Brazil."

    Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM)

    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. The MC8775 for HSDPA networks offers peak download data
rates of 3.6 Mbps and 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. Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM) 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 Sierra Wireless embedded modules, 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.

    
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    About Microboard

    Microboard(R) Laptops and Desktops present to customers a wide variety of
options in style and configurations to attend all kinds of needs.
Headquartered in Minas Gerais, Brazil, a region recognized as a study and
scientific development center, and positioned as one of the five biggest
laptops manufacturers in Brazil, Microboard sells to its customers'
technological excellence using world's production and supply best practices.
For more information about Microboard, visit www.microboard.com.br.

    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.

    "Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other
product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their
respective owners.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services
and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions,
channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating
expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in
this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding
future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words
"plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties
surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand
that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release will be realized.

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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com; Enrico Prado Leite, Microboard,
Phone: +55 11 3528 2111, Email: enrico@microboard.com.br

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