Sierra Wireless Introduces Automotive-Grade LTE Embedded Module for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

  Sierra Wireless Introduces Automotive-Grade LTE Embedded Module for Verizon
  Wireless 4G LTE Network

   Designed to support automotive telematics and infotainment systems, the
 AirPrime® AR7550 delivers LTE speeds and the most advanced architecture for
                       embedded wireless communications

Business Wire

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- June 6, 2013

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW), the global leader in M2M devices and
cloud services, today introduced the Sierra Wireless AirPrime® AR7550 embedded
wireless module, the first in the AirPrime AR7 series of automotive-grade
modules for LTE networks. The AirPrime AR7550 features the next generation
multicore architecture Sierra Wireless introduced earlier this year, which
provides a dedicated application processor, an open-source application
framework, and secure cloud services to simplify wireless integration and help
reduce development cost. The AirPrime AR7550 is specifically developed for the
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network – the nation’s largest 4G LTE network,
available to more than 90 percent of the U.S. population.

“Consumers and automotive manufacturers have come to appreciate the benefits
of connected cars, including improved safety and maintenance,” said John
Sullivan, executive director of the M2M Platform Group for Verizon Enterprise
Solutions. “The AirPrime automotive module for the Verizon LTE network
provides a cost-effective solution that enables automotive OEMs to take
advantage of the higher bandwidth, lower latency, and network longevity LTE
offers to provide better real-time navigation, location-based services, and
streaming media as well as other infotainment services.”

4G LTE for in-vehicle connectivity

There is growing demand for the integration of 4G LTE technology into
vehicles. The higher bandwidth and lower latency of 4G LTE deliver high
performance in-vehicle wireless connectivity, meaning systems used for
infotainment, navigation, and location-based services work more quickly and
with less lag time. In addition, passengers can use the wireless connection
for in-vehicle entertainment such as watching movies or playing games.

On the leading edge of network technologies, Verizon’s 4G LTE is a logical
choice for the automotive industry, where lengthy product development cycles
and the expected longevity of a vehicle mean that OEMs require networking
technology that is built for the future.

Sierra Wireless is a proven leader in providing LTE modules for integration
into devices, having first delivered 4G LTE embedded modules in early 2011,
including the MC7750 LTE/EVDO module for the Verizon Wireless network. The
AirPrime AR7550 is part of the third generation of Sierra Wireless modules for
LTE networks.

Multicore capability offers an entire M2M ecosystem on a module

The AirPrime AR7 offers an advanced, cost-effective solution for telematics
and other in-vehicle connectivity needs. It includes a dedicated application
processor to reduce design complexity and an application framework with
specific automotive libraries to speed up development time. Additionally,
integrated cloud connectivity simplifies ongoing management and maintenance
over the lifetime of the vehicle. By eliminating the need for separate
components to be sourced and assembled, the AR7 provides OEMs with simple and
scalable wireless integration at a lower cost.

Automotive-grade for reliable long-term performance

Based on years of experience in working with automotive customers, Sierra
Wireless developed the AirPrime AR7 module to meet demanding automotive
manufacturing standards. It is designed and tested to real-world automotive
scenarios, with TS 16949 certification, automotive quality processes (PPAP,
8D, FA) and low ppm rates, tolerance for extreme operating environments, and
an extended operating temperature range of -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees

With over a decade of experience, award-winning expertise and more than five
million automotive-grade wireless modules shipped, Sierra Wireless is a market
leader in wireless technologies for the automotive market.

“The AirPrime AR7 series leverages our expertise in both building devices for
LTE networks and in providing modules that meet the needs of automotive OEMs,”
said Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, M2M Embedded Solutions for Sierra
Wireless. “Combined with the power of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the
AR7550 provides OEM customers with a simple, scalable way to build 4G into
vehicles for both telematics and infotainment services.”


The Sierra Wireless AirPrime AR7550 module has achieved technical approval for
operation on the Verizon Wireless network and samples are available to OEM
customers now for testing and development purposes. Variants of the AirPrime
AR7 module for LTE networks in other areas of the world are also sampling now.

For more information about the Sierra Wireless AirPrime AR7 embedded wireless
module, please visit or view a video
about the new modules on the Sierra Wireless YouTube channel. To contact the
Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, call +1 (604) 232-1488 or visit

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About Verizon Wireless

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most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.9 million retail customers,
including 93.2 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
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About Sierra Wireless

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

“AirPrime” and “AirVantage” are trademarks of Sierra Wireless. Other product
or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

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