Sierra Wireless Introduces Industry’s Most Advanced Architecture for Embedded Wireless Communications in M2M

  Sierra Wireless Introduces Industry’s Most Advanced Architecture for
  Embedded Wireless Communications in M2M

  Next generation AirPrime™ modules first in the world to combine a powerful
multicore processor, secure cloud services, and open application framework to
                  offer an entire M2M ecosystem on a module

Mobile World Congress 2013 embedded world 2013

Business Wire

BARCELONA, Spain -- February 25, 2013

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the global leader in
machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected device solutions, today introduced the
industry’s most advanced architecture for embedded wireless communications,
designed to vastly simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of
M2M solutions. The architecture will be available across 2G to 4G technologies
in the next generation of AirPrime™ embedded wireless modules, which are the
world’s first to be equipped with:

  *Powerful multicore processor with dedicated application core and
    integrated M2M functionality that simplifies system design, lowers total
    system cost, and dramatically reduces power consumption
  *Built-in connectivity to secure cloud services, providing simple
    integration of machine data with enterprise applications and convenient
    remote management that scales easily to millions of devices
  *Open application framework with ready-to-use building blocks, including a
    substantial set of M2M libraries and development tools that save time for
    embedded software developers and help them get their products to market
    more quickly

This entire M2M ecosystem on a module is a major step forward in simplifying
the integration of embedded wireless communications; thereby enabling
developers to spend more time on developing their core application and
business model, and spend less time on the challenges of integrating wireless
communications, significantly speeding time to market.

“While we are seeing rapid growth in the number and types of devices that
include integrated wireless connections, the complexity of building and
deploying those devices and their related applications remains a key issue for
M2M developers,” said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, M2M Embedded
Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Leveraging processing capabilities and
dedicated M2M functionality inside the wireless module, as well as
pre-integrated cloud services, provides our customers with a simpler, faster,
and more cost-effective way to develop and deploy their M2M solutions.”

Powerful multicore processor

The 2G versions of the next generation AirPrime modules are powered by the
world’s first dedicated M2M system-on-a-chip. Built in collaboration with ARM,
it integrates a comprehensive set of M2M-specific interfaces with an advanced
tri-core architecture that includes a 2G EDGE modem, a dedicated high-speed
ARM application processor, and a unique implementation of the ARM Cortex-M0
processor to enable ultra-low power operation.

“Machine-to-machine communications is a rapidly growing segment with highly
specialized, complex requirements that can vary widely with end application,”
said Laurence Bryant, Director of Mobile Solutions, ARM. “Sierra Wireless
brings a fresh approach to enable the customization needed in a diverse market
by providing an open development environment based on a dedicated Cortex-M0

The 3G/4G LTE versions of the new AirPrime modules will utilize Qualcomm
Technologies’ Gobi 9x15 chipset, which is a multi-mode modem solution that
integrates all the modes of 3G and 4G LTE. With a dedicated ARM Cortex A5
processor with Linux support, these integrated chipsets from Qualcomm
Technologies can also host the most robust customer M2M applications.

“Qualcomm’s technology innovations power the connected world of today, from
smartphones, laptops and tablets, to a range of other devices that make up the
rapidly expanding Internet of Everything,” said Nakul Duggal, Vice President,
New Markets, Qualcomm Technologies. “We are pleased to collaborate with Sierra
Wireless to offer solutions to M2M customers that utilize the various
capabilities of our chipsets, from the 3G and 4G connectivity that today’s
applications require, to the integrated, dedicated application processors that
can simplify wireless integration, reduce system cost and speed time to

Secure cloud services

Seamless integration with the AirVantage® M2M Cloud further reduces the effort
and cost to develop, deploy, and operate new M2M solutions. AirVantage offers
a secure, scalable device-to-cloud infrastructure and state-of-the-art,
globally distributed data centers, and is available in two components:

  *AirVantage Enterprise Platform can be used to collect, transmit, and store
    machine data, and process and schedule events, from any number of devices,
    across any network operator around the world. Solution developers can use
    AirVantage Enterprise Platform APIs, based on the latest cloud API
    standards, to quickly integrate that machine data with their own
    enterprise applications and back-end systems.
  *AirVantage Management Service can be used to centrally deploy and monitor
    AirPrime embedded modules, including configuring device settings,
    delivering firmware and embedded application updates, and administering
    airtime subscriptions across global networks; making managing a million
    wireless devices as easy as managing ten.

Open application framework

Building on a track record of more than 10 years and millions of devices
deployed, Sierra Wireless continues to lead the industry in offering advanced
open application framework technology – including operating systems designed
for M2M applications, a comprehensive set of software libraries, and a
powerful, easy-to-use integrated development environment – to rapidly
accelerate embedded software development for M2M solutions. Next generation
AirPrime modules will offer both the industry leading Open AT® application
framework, as well as Linux support, further unlocking the power of the
multicore processor architecture and providing built-in connectivity to the
AirVantage M2M Cloud.

Next generation AirPrime embedded wireless modules

The AirPrime WP Series, built on the new architecture, will offer the most
optimized solution to integrate wireless communications into virtually any
industrial-grade device, targeted broadly at a vast number of M2M
applications, such as smart metering, remote monitoring, transportation,
security systems, networking, and healthcare. The automotive-grade offering,
an extension to the AirPrime AR Series, will provide powerful and robust
in-vehicle connectivity and is designed to meet demanding automotive
manufacturing standards while reducing integration complexity. Samples of the
modules are expected to be available beginning in the second quarter of this

Sierra Wireless and ARM will demonstrate the new module architecture and its
benefits for M2M application developers this week at Mobile World Congress in
Barcelona, Spain, and at Embedded World, in Nuremburg, Germany. View the
demonstration in the ARM exhibit at Mobile World Congress, found in Hall 6,
Stand 6A31, or at the Sierra Wireless exhibit at Embedded World, found in Hall
4A, Stand 224.

For more information about the new Sierra Wireless integrated AirPrime module
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About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) offers industry-leading mobile
computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions
that connect people, devices, and applications over cellular networks.
Wireless service providers, equipment manufacturers, enterprises and
government organizations around the world depend on us for reliable wireless
technology. We offer 2G, 3G and 4G wireless modems, routers and gateways as
well as a comprehensive suite of software, tools, and services that ensure our
customers can successfully bring wireless applications to market. For more
information about Sierra Wireless, visit

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