Sierra Wireless expands software development toolkit for OEM customers



    
    New Windows CE SDK enables embedded module customers to improve
    development time and cost, opens new markets in telematics,
    transportation, vending, and navigation applications
    

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) supporting
Windows CE operating systems. The Windows CE SDK offers OEM (original
equipment manufacturer) customers a more streamlined and cost efficient
development cycle for devices using Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules. This
makes Sierra Wireless embedded modules a more viable connectivity option for
devices using Windows CE to support applications in telematics,
transportation, fleet management, navigation, and vending.
    "For years, Sierra Wireless has been offering a comprehensive hardware,
software and services portfolio to make the process of integrating our
embedded modules and developing applications for our products simpler and more
cost effective for our customers," said Trent Punnett, senior vice president,
Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. "As mobile broadband
speeds continue to improve, developers in new market segments are leveraging
integrated 3G wireless technology to improve efficiencies and deliver a robust
offering to customers faster and easier."
    Sierra Wireless has been developing wireless devices supporting the
Windows CE operating system for more than 10 years, starting with the release
of the AirCard(R) 300 PC card in 1998. The Windows CE SDK is designed to
enable Sierra Wireless customers to leverage this expertise, reducing OEM
development costs and time-to-market while enabling wireless wide area
networking features with high performance and efficient power management.
    The new Windows CE SDK includes device drivers (including USB and NDIS
device drivers), an Application Programming Interface (API) with sample
applications, a firmware download utility, and documentation. It supports
devices designed for both CDMA and UMTS network standards, allowing customers
to streamline development time for devices and applications targeted for
multiple network operators worldwide.
    "Integrating mobile broadband connectivity into the Isochron VendCast(R)
management solution was a challenging task, with regulatory and network
certification requirements posing significant risk to our development time and
budget," said Bryan Godwin, chief executive officer for Isochron, a Sierra
Wireless embedded module customer. "Leveraging Sierra Wireless's expertise and
experience in developing wireless applications for Windows CE enabled us to
take some of the risk and time out of our development schedule and improved
our ability to deliver our solution to our customers on schedule and on
budget."
    The Sierra Wireless Windows CE SDK allows customers to take advantage of
Sierra Wireless's expertise in wireless device power management, with support
for USB selective suspend and access to the Sierra Wireless Control and Status
(CnS) API - including commands for SMS, GPS, and data connections - enabling
lower power consumption than would be possible using AT commands.
    For complex applications requiring a user interface, or for developers
using Windows Mobile, the Sierra Wireless Windows CE SDK seamlessly integrates
with the go-to-market radio integration service package available from BSQUARE
for Sierra Wireless embedded modules. BSQUARE's go-to-market radio integration
service package includes a Radio Interface Layer (RIL), required for Windows
Mobile devices.

    Sierra Wireless EMPOWERED(TM)

    Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules and enabling software form 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. Sierra Wireless also offers an
extensive suite of software development kits and professional services to OEM
customers, leveraging the company's expertise in design, integration, and
certification of wireless devices to enable customers to meet market launch
targets.
    For more information about Sierra Wireless embedded software solutions
and embedded modules please visit
http://www.sierrawireless.com/software/sw_embedded_software_solutions.aspx and
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.

    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. "AirCard"
is a registered 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

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