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Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today introduced the AirPrime™ SL9090, a new, multimode product in its feature-rich AirPrime SL Series of compact, industrial-grade embedded wireless modules. The multimode module gives device manufacturers the ability to operate on networks that use either HSPA+ or EV-DO cellular standards with a single product design.
“With the AirPrime SL9090, Sierra Wireless is early-to-market with a multimode, compact module that works on both HSPA+ and EV-DO networks, providing the flexibility our customers need in building new devices,” said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, M2M Embedded Solutions. “Device manufacturers no longer need to commit to a single network standard at the time of production, and end customers are able to choose network providers as required to meet their service or budget needs.”
The AirPrime SL Series is highly popular among Sierra Wireless’ customers and this new, versatile product opens up new opportunities for developers to create innovative M2M applications. The AirPrime SL9090, slated for commercial release in the fourth quarter of this year, will serve customers addressing the North American market, where both HSPA+ and EV-DO network technologies are used.
The AirPrime SL9090 is designed for use in fixed or mobile M2M deployments in the industrial, field service, energy, networking, and transportation sectors. It has design and operational characteristics that make it particularly well-suited for use in tough environments, such as the ability to withstand an extended range of temperatures, and a dual microphone design that provides high-quality audio and noise cancellation features often needed in industrial settings.
As a convenience to customers, Sierra Wireless is shipping the AirPrime SL9090 with embedded software images specific to each mobile operator that can be selected by the customer. The module uses a compact 25 x 30 mm LGA (Land Grid Array) form factor, which facilitates manufacturing for high-volume production. Additional key features include GPS and antenna diversity support.