Sierra Wireless launches new generation 4G LTE modules for notebooks and tablets
New AirPrime® modules are designed for small, thin devices and offer worldwide LTE support, streamlining supply chain to reduce operational complexity
"Intel's LTE platform is a very good fit for the requirements of the PC OEM by offering the largest number of bands supported in the new M.2 form factor," said Horst Pratsch, head of the Product Line Modems & Modules at Intel Mobile Communication. "Collaborating with Sierra Wireless to provide connectivity to our joint customers was a logical next step for us and we are excited to see these products launch."
The new modules support LTE networks worldwide, with the AirPrime EM7340 supporting LTE in Japan and the AirPrime EM7345 supporting LTE networks in the rest of the world. The multi-region support on the AirPrime EM7345 is especially attractive to PC manufacturers, streamlining their supply chain and allowing them to offer a product that works in most markets. The two modules are also completely interchangeable, meaning the same device design and firmware can be used regardless of destination.
"Our new AirPrime modules are driven by what our customers have told us they need to be successful," said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and General Manager, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. "The diversity of frequency bands used for LTE networks around the world has been a pain point, because large manufacturers had to order and stock several different modules to cover all their markets. Supply chain management is a key issue for our PC OEM customers, and the ability to supply most of the world with a single module reduces operational complexity and costs - it is a compelling benefit for them."
Samples of the AirPrime EM7340 and EM7345 are available now for testing and certification purposes. Commercial shipments are expected to begin within this quarter.
For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirPrime EM7340 and EM7345 embedded wireless modules please visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/em_series. To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or visit http://www.sierrawireless.com/sales.
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Sierra Wireless Inc.
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) is the global leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices and cloud services, delivering intelligent wireless solutions that simplify the connected world. We offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of 2G, 3G and 4G embedded modules and gateways, seamlessly integrated with our secure M2M cloud services. Customers worldwide, including OEMs, enterprises, and mobile network operators, trust our innovative solutions to get their connected products and services to market faster. Sierra Wireless has more than 850 employees globally and has R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.sierrawireless.com.
"AirPrime" 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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