New Sierra Wireless embedded module a feature-rich, cost-effective choice for OEM customers



    
    Sierra Wireless MC5728V offers increased flexibility and feature
    enhancements and is the first EV-DO product with TRU-Flow data traffic
    management technology to speed performance under high usage, even with
    a VPN
    

    VANCOUVER, April 2 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced the MC5728V, the newest addition to the company's embedded module
product line, designed for EV-DO Revision A networks. The Sierra Wireless
MC5728V embedded module is designed to provide more flexibility to original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) integrating mobile broadband connectivity into
a variety of devices, including fixed wireless terminals and portable handheld
devices.
    With the new QSC6085 chipset from Qualcomm, the MC5728V offers OEMs a
cost effective solution with longevity to protect the investment customers
make in new product integration and certification. The MC5728V is a full-sized
card compatible with the PCI Express Mini Card F2 standard, allowing OEM
customers more versatility to integrate the module into products that accept
either the full-sized or half-sized card. In addition, Sierra Wireless
EMConnect(TM), a suite of robust firmware features designed into the MC5728V,
helps to reduce development time, platform costs and dependence on host
processors, simplifying the product development cycle for OEM customers.
    To speed up product development cycles, Sierra Wireless offers OEMs a
choice of software development kits (SDKs), supporting Windows XP, Windows
Vista, Windows 7, Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Linux, as well as
professional services for design, integration, testing, and device
certification.
    The Sierra Wireless MC5728V will be the first Sierra Wireless EV-DO
product to launch with TRU-Flow data traffic management technology. When a
device attempts to upload and download over the wireless network at the same
time, congestion can reduce data throughput, slowing down performance. Sierra
Wireless TRU-Flow monitors IP traffic and data throughput to optimize the
overall upload and download modem performance. When there is uplink
congestion, TRU-Flow technology is theoretically capable of nine times
increase in download throughput. Field tests show an average 100 percent
increase in the download throughput performance and an average 100 percent
improvement in web page load times, even with a VPN enabled, and regardless of
the mobile operator network used.
    "Sierra Wireless is driven to support OEMs with innovative product
improvements that improve cost-effectiveness and simplify the integration
process," said Greg Speakman, vice president of Marketing for Sierra Wireless.
"The MC5728V embedded module offers our OEM customers greater product
endurance and flexibility, along with firmware features that improve product
development time and device performance, and software development kits
supporting multiple operating systems, including Windows CE and Linux. In
addition, the integration of Sierra Wireless TRU-Flow helps to ensure that
products using the MC5728V provide the best possible performance on the
wireless network, improving overall product quality and reliability for end
users."
    Samples of the MC5728V are currently available for OEM customers for
integration and testing. Shipments are expected to begin in the middle of this
year.

    
    Sierra Wireless MC5728V

    -  Peak data speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps
       on the uplink
    -  Compatible with full size PCI Express Mini Card F2 standard
    -  EMConnect(TM) firmware features allow the use of a Sierra Wireless
       embedded module as a stand-alone radio interface, reducing dependence
       on host processors.
    -  GPS-capable to enable location-based services and telematics
       applications.
    -  Voice capabilities and support for simultaneous voice and data usage
       enable a variety of applications, including use in fixed wireless
       terminals and portable handheld devices that require the ability to
       make voice calls.
    -  Software Development Kits and professional services supporting
       development for multiple operating systems including Linux,
       Windows CE and Windows Mobile.
    

    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. 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 the Sierra Wireless MC5728V 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.

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

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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

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