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



    Sierra Wireless expands HSPA+ product offering with the MC8700 embedded
    module

    BARCELONA, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - 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(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 mobile
broadband 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 MC8700 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.
    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. Details regarding on-site displays and demonstrations will be
available from the Sierra Wireless Mobile World Congress Newsroom, at
www.sierrawireless.com/MWC2009.

    
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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.

    "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

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