Sierra Wireless modules connect new FlipStart super compact PC to mobile broadband networks

    New FlipStart super compact PC allows mobile professionals to make the
    most of available time, with unique small clamshell design and full
    access to email and online applications

    ORLANDO, March 27 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced that FlipStart Labs has selected Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules
to provide mobile broadband connectivity to the FlipStart(R) super compact PC.
FlipStart, the first product from FlipStart Labs, a Paul G. Allen company, is
accepting reservations at and will ship to customers
starting next week.
    FlipStart is a fully functional compact PC targeted toward mobile
professionals looking for the ability to stay connected and use the
applications they need from anywhere, whether sitting in an office, standing
in line, or traveling between appointments. Its size and convenient clamshell
form factor make it quick and easy to carry and use, and the integrated Sierra
Wireless 3G mobile broadband connection provides high-speed network access for
email and online information.
    "FlipStart is really the type of device that wouldn't be complete without
a mobile broadband connection," said Robin Budd, senior director of FlipStart
Labs. "Working with Sierra Wireless to integrate mobile broadband connectivity
allows us to offer mobile professionals a truly unique, powerful tool that
will help them stay on top of their work from anywhere and use even small
blocks of time efficiently."
    "With its unique design, FlipStart serves as a prime example of the
advantages Sierra Wireless embedded modules can offer, such as optimized power
management, simplified setup and connection management, and a smaller device
footprint," said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for
Sierra Wireless. "Integrating mobile broadband into FlipStart enables it to
deliver the usability and performance that are needed in a device like this."

    AirCard Enabled(TM) with Sierra Wireless Embedded Modules

    Designed for integration into notebook computers, fixed wireless
terminals, and other devices requiring high-speed wireless connectivity,
Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules are fully shielded and
offer an operating temperature range of -25 to +60 degrees Celsius to suit all
    Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules include a common
comprehensive WHQL-certified USB software driver architecture that provides
superior power management, a dedicated diagnostic channel, and the ability to
enable or disable NDIS or DUN support, providing maximum flexibility to OEM
customers when designing their wireless product. To simplify and expedite
product development cycles, Sierra Wireless also provides OEM customers with a
comprehensive software development kit (SDK) or Sierra Wireless's own
Watcher(TM) software for easy connection management.
    OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI
Express Mini Card products along with best-in-class technical and integration
support, so end customers experience the same reliable, robust AirCard
Enabled(TM) data solution users have come to expect from the AirCard line of
PC card products.
    Further information about Sierra Wireless embedded modules is available
at To contact the
Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call 604-232-1488 or e-mail

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    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) develops and markets wide area
wireless solutions for mobile computing. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio
includes the award-winning AirCard(R) line of wireless modems, embedded
modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of
rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers
professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging
the company's expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in
wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing
devices. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia,
Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong
Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit
    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. FlipStart is a
registered trademark of Vulcan Portals Inc. 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:

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