Sierra Wireless launches new AirPrime(TM) Intelligent Embedded Module for China Mobile TD-SCDMA network

Jun 17, 2010, 08:00 ET from Sierra Wireless, Inc.

AirPrime Q2668 module adds new air interface to the popular Q Series of wireless modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications

VANCOUVER, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR; TSX: SW) today announced the launch of a new product in its AirPrime(TM) Q Series of intelligent embedded modules. The Sierra Wireless AirPrime Q2668 is designed for the TD-SCDMA network of China Mobile, which has selected Sierra Wireless as a module development partner. Footprint compatible with all other AirPrime Q Series wireless modules, the AirPrime Q2668 is an industrial grade wireless module which lets Sierra Wireless customers rapidly extend their machine-to-machine (M2M) applications to the Chinese market.

The AirPrime Q2668 is a dual-mode TD-SCDMA HSDPA/EDGE module which enables data transmission speeds of up to 2.8 Mbps on the downlink and 384 Kbps on the uplink. It operates on the 1880-1920/2010-2025MHz TD-SCDMA bands and the 900/1800 GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands, and supports both USB 2.0 and serial port (RS232) interfaces, commonly used for industrial applications. It is controlled through an AT command interface.

The module contains an embedded protocol based on China Mobile's Wireless Machine-to-Machine Protocol, Version 3.0 (WMMP 3.0). Fully tested and certified, the protocol allows manufacturers to rapidly develop and deploy M2M applications for use on China Mobile's network without having to perform extensive development and testing, resulting in much faster time to market.

In addition, the WMMP 3.0 communication standard enables the connection of devices to the China Mobile M2M Platform, which allows users to manage and monitor M2M terminals in real-time, to communicate effectively via GPRS/SMS/USSD.

"The machine-to-machine market is growing rapidly and we believe China is poised to be at the forefront of this growth," said Jin Pak, Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales for Sierra Wireless. "We are proud to have been awarded Module Development Partner status for TD-SCDMA by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile network operator by subscribers, following our selection as GSM/GPRS module partners last year. The end result of this collaboration is reduced development effort and expedited time to market for Sierra Wireless customers that manufacture wireless devices for the China Mobile network."

The AirPrime Q2668 Intelligent Embedded Module will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2010 and is ideal for video surveillance, energy, industrial and infrastructure, security, transportation, and sales and payment applications.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirPrime Q2668 module, please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/productsandservices/AirPrime/Embedded_Modules/Q_Series/Q2668.aspx. To contact Sierra Wireless Sales, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or email sales@sierrawireless.com.

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About Sierra Wireless AirPrime(TM) Q Series Intelligent Embedded Modules

AirPrime(TM) Q Series is designed to help manufactures get to market quickly and scale production rapidly. The AirPrime Q Series uses industrial grade board-to-board connectors for rapid mounting and includes footprint compatible GPRS, EDGE, HSPA and CDMA 1xRTT versions to streamline product development. Manufacturers can use a single product design, assured that with the AirPrime Q Series, their product will be able to communicate on any cellular protocol, anywhere in the world.

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) is expanding the wireless world with a comprehensive offering of hardware, software, and connected services for mobile lifestyles and machine-to-machine communications. Our customers count on us to help them succeed with early access to new wireless technologies and innovative, reliable, high-performing solutions for a broad range of applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit www.sierrawireless.com.

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