Sierra Wireless embedded module selected by NEC for integration in new notebook for Japan

    The Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module provides mobile broadband
    connectivity for NEC's LaVie G type J notebook computer

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced that NEC's LaVie G type J notebook computer with the integrated
Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module is now certified and available for use
on the NTT DoCoMo network. The LaVie G type J notebook with the Sierra
Wireless MC8780 module supports the NTT DoCoMo HSDPA flat rate service and is
NEC's first consumer platform with an embedded HSDPA module.
    "With the Sierra Wireless MC8780 in the LaVie G type J notebook computer,
our customers will have great connectivity to the Internet on the NTT DoCoMo
network," said Mr. Toshihiko Nasu, General Manager, for NEC Personal Solution
Division. "Working with Sierra Wireless offers customers the best of breed
technology that the Japanese market will appreciate."
    "We are proud to work with NEC, well known for innovative computer
design, and NTT DoCoMo network, a leader in connectivity in Japan," said Dan
Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, for Sierra Wireless. "The
compact LaVie G type J notebook, combined with integrated Sierra Wireless
mobile broadband connectivity and NTTDoCoMo's Flat-Rate Data Plan, offers
customers exceptional value and reliability in a mobile solution."
    The Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module offers tri-band UMTS/HSPA and
quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE network access to enable roaming on mobile broadband
networks worldwide. Operating on the NTT DoCoMo HSDPA network, the LaVie G
type J notebook with the integrated MC8780 embedded module is capable of peak
download speeds up to 3.6 Mbps (Megabits per second) and upload speeds up to
384 kbps.

    MC8780 PCI Express Mini Card for HSDPA/UMTS networks

    The MC8780 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module offers connectivity to
all three HSDPA/UMTS frequency bands (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) and all four
EDGE/GPRS bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz) used worldwide, allowing
seamless global roaming on the best available network. The MC8780 offers
receive diversity for improved fringe performance in Europe and Asia.

    For more information about the Sierra Wireless MC8780 embedded module,
please visit To contact
the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 604-232-1488 or email

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    About NEC

    NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet,
broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the
specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers
tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron
devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by
providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics
Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. For
additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:

    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
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service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

    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:

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