Sierra Wireless Updates Embedded Module Lineup with New Modules for HSPA networks

    The Sierra Wireless MC8790 and the MC8790V embedded module stand out as a
    cost-efficient solution for OEM customers

    VANCOUVER, June 17 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced two new additions to the company's embedded module product line -
the MC8790 and MC8790V embedded modules for HSPA networks. The Sierra Wireless
MC8790 and MC8790V HSPA modules will offer a more cost-effective solution for
OEM customers, while still providing the extensive feature set and high-end
functionality that Sierra Wireless customers have come to expect from the
company's embedded modules.
    The MC8790 is designed for OEMs integrating mobile broadband capabilities
into notebook computers, fixed wireless terminals, or portable handheld
devices for vertical markets. Tri-band HSPA support and receive diversity on
all bands make the module globally compatible, enabling OEMs to concentrate
development efforts on a single product for use in all global markets. The
MC8790V adds voice calling capabilities, providing an option for OEMs that
require simultaneous voice and data usage in their devices.
    "OEM customers integrating mobile broadband connectivity into their
devices need to be confident that the investment they make in integration and
development is worthwhile," said Trent Punnett, senior vice president,
Marketing and Corporate Development, for Sierra Wireless. "We understand their
concerns, and with the introduction of the MC8790 and the MC8790V, we have
focused efforts on bringing costs down, while continuing to provide the
support OEM customers need to get wireless technology integrated into their
devices and out to market as quickly as possible. We believe that this balance
of cost, quality, and support is the best solution for our OEM customers."
    Samples of the MC8790 are available for OEM customers for integration and
testing. Shipments are expected to begin late in the second quarter. Samples
of the MC8790V are expected to be available in the fourth quarter of this

    Sierra Wireless MC8790 and MC8790V

    -   Peak data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps (megabits per second) on the
        downlink and 2.0 Mbps on the uplink (future upgradeable to 5.76 Mbps)

    -   Tri-band HSPA/UMTS and quad-band support for EDGE/GPRS/GSM network
        access for roaming on high-speed networks worldwide

    -   GPS-capable to support location-based services

    -   Voice capabilities, making it ideal for fixed wireless terminals and
        portable handheld devices that require the ability to make voice
        calls (MC8790V only)

    -   Support for simultaneous voice and data usage (MC8790V only)

    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 HSPA and
EV-DO Rev A 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 MC8790 and MC8790V
embedded modules, 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
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    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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