Sierra Wireless debuts new USB modem and ExpressCard

    Compass(TM)885 USB modem and AirCard(R) 885E ExpressCard deliver HSPA
    mobile broadband access and user-friendly features in more compact

    Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless
(NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) has added two new products to its lineup of HSPA
mobile broadband modems. The AirCard(R) 885E ExpressCard and the Compass(TM)
885 USB modem are small, full-featured, and offer the latest high-speed mobile
broadband technology for use worldwide. Both products are on display for the
first time this week in the Sierra Wireless pavilion (AV99) at Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
    The Sierra Wireless Compass(TM) 885 tri-band USB modem for HSPA networks
packs more features in a smaller volume than any current counterpart. Designed
to offer a flawless user experience, the Compass 885 USB modem includes
TRU-Install(TM) software installation to simplify setup, a microSD memory card
slot to expand its functionality, and a laptop clip accessory to provide
flexibility in use. Compatible with mobile broadband networks worldwide, the
Compass 885 USB modem is the only product in its class to include a connector
for an external antenna, allowing users in remote areas or fringe network
coverage to extend and strengthen their connection to the network.
    With a more compact ExpressCard design, the AirCard 885E is an ideal
wireless modem for people who regularly travel with a notebook computer that
includes an ExpressCard slot. Its durable, fixed antenna design with no moving
parts offers a reliable wireless connection, and with TRU-Install software
installation, customers are up and running quickly with no need for an
installation CD.
    "Product design has become increasingly important to customers, both in
form and in usability," said Trent Punnett, senior vice president of Marketing
and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. "The Compass 885 and the
AirCard 885E are designed to deliver a great user experience with the latest
mobile broadband technology, support for future upgrades, and the superior
durability and performance expected from Sierra Wireless products. In
addition, the products look great, and set a new standard for industrial
design in this category."
    The Compass 885 USB modem and the AirCard 885E ExpressCard support
tri-band HSPA/UMTS with receive diversity on all three bands, and quad-band
EDGE/GPRS/GSM, making them ideal for world travelers. Both products offer peak
data speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second on the downlink, and up to
2.0 Mbps on the uplink (software upgradeable to 5.76 Mbps uplink as future
improvements become available). They are compatible with both Windows and Mac
notebooks and desktops and offer GPS support for location based services such
as local search and navigation applications. Both the AirCard 885E ExpressCard
and the Compass 885 USB modem are scheduled for commercial availability in
    For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 885E ExpressCard
and the Compass 885 USB modem please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales
Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or e-mail

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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

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

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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
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develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
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"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:

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