Form factor compatible 3G GSM and CDMA modules in compact LGA package
enable manufacturers to make a single product design for multiple
VANCOUVER, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) today
introduced two new broadband products in its AirPrime SL Series of
wireless embedded modules: the AirPrime SL809x for HSPA+ networks, and
the AirPrime SL501x for EV-DO Rev A networks. The new modules bring
additional choices of network technologies to the SL Series, which
currently includes the SL808x HSDPA module as well as the SL6087 EDGE
module, winner of the GSM Association's "Best 2G module" award.
Launched in March 2010, the AirPrime SL Series has been enthusiastically
received by the market. Customers appreciate its compact and cost
effective 25x30mm standard JEDEC package, as well as its efficient and
reliable LGA (Land Grid Array) mounting technology which provides
robustness, excellent heat dissipation, and optimized thickness. Key to
the SL Series' commercial success is also the availability of a wide
range of network technologies (EDGE, HSDPA and now HSPA+ and EVDO)
within a single form factor.
The SL809x is one of the smallest HSPA+ modules in the industry: it
offers multi-band HSPA+ technology (up to 14.4 Mbps for download and
5.7 Mbps for uplinks) and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE within a 25x30mm form
factor. It features an extended temperature range, as well as voice,
antenna diversity, and GPS. The AirPrime SL809x comes in two variants
(SL8090 and SL8092), which cover two different sets of frequency bands
for global coverage.
The AirPrime SL501x is a dual-band EV-DO Rev A module, form factor
compatible with both 2G and 3G GSM products in the AirPrime SL Series.
This means that device manufacturers can use a single hardware design
in different geographical markets. It offers data speeds up to 3.1Mbps
on the downlink and up to 1.8Mbps on the uplink. It is industrial-grade
with an extended temperature range, and supports GPS. The AirPrime
SL501x also comes in two variants: The SL5010 supports voice and data,
while the SL5011 is a data only module.
The AirPrime SL809x and SL501x are optimized for applications requiring
high bandwidth and operating in rough environments, such as security
and video surveillance systems, mobile healthcare devices, and
industrial terminals. Thanks to their unique compact form factor, they
also provide broadband connectivity to new emerging mobile consumer
devices such as e-readers, gaming consoles and digital cameras.
"The AirPrime SL Series offers a unique combination of small size and
industrial-grade features for a very wide range of network
technologies," said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President and General
Manager, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "This product
series has been exceptionally well received by our customers since it
launched in March last year, and we are pleased to be able to offer an
even wider choice of network technologies in the same popular form
Both the AirPrime SL809x and the AirPrime SL501x will be commercially
available in the second quarter of 2011.
About AirPrime SL Series Intelligent Embedded Modules
AirPrime SL Series wireless embedded modules are designed to suit the
needs of manufacturers of mobile consumer devices in high-volume
production such as e-readers, personal navigation devices and gaming
devices, as well as device manufactures looking for rugged industrial
wireless technologies to connect tracking devices, energy meters,
security systems, point-of-sales terminals, industrial PDAs and mobile
The series offers EDGE, HSDPA, HSPA+ and EV-DO Rev A connectivity in a
compact and lightweight form factor based on the JEDEC standard 25x30
mm LGA (Land Grid Array). The LGA surface-mount technology enables
device manufacturers to efficiently embed an AirPrime SL Series module
into the final product using automated manufacturing equipment.
In November 2010, Sierra Wireless received the GSM Association's "Best
2G Module" Award for the AirPrime SL6087 module.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and
solutions that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular
networks. Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers,
enterprises and government organizations around the world depend on us
for reliable wireless technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless
modems, routers and gateways as well as a comprehensive suite of
software, tools, and services that ensure our customers can
successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirPrime" is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service
names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective
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