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Sierra Wireless modules for HSDPA networks embedded in HP Compaq 6400 Notebook PCs


Sierra Wireless AirCard Enabled™ 3G connection to help mobile professionals work more efficiently on the go

May 9, 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced that Sierra Wireless HSDPA PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules will provide high-speed 3G connectivity to HP Compaq 6400 Notebook PCs later this year. In addition, the Sierra Wireless MC5720 EV-DO PCI Express Mini Card embedded module is incorporated in the HP Compaq 6400 Notebook PCs, following on the company’s successful EV-DO module integration into two HP notebook PCs earlier this year.

With the integration of Sierra Wireless Mini Card modules, AirCard Enabled™ HP notebooks will allow mobile professionals to quickly and conveniently access email and corporate information while on the go*, including large attachments and data-intensive online applications. With wide area wireless connectivity on an HSDPA network, busy professionals can work productively within cellular coverage areas – from a client site, park bench, or even the back of a taxi – without spending valuable time looking for hotspots.

“We are pleased to extend our collaboration with HP to provide mobile professionals an embedded link to HSDPA networks from their HP notebooks,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “A reliable, high-speed mobile connection from an AirCard Enabled HP notebook can make a significant difference in the quality of life for those who need to work on the go.”

“The utility of business notebooks is increasingly being defined by their ability to connect to email and the internet, and our collaboration with Sierra Wireless is allowing customers to stay connected in more places at broadband speeds,” said Carol Hess-Nickels, director of commercial notebook marketing, HP. “HP business notebooks are giving customers a choice in network service providers and a truly global mobility option for international travel.”

AirCard Enabled™
Sierra Wireless has proven experience in delivering first class WWAN products for over 12 years. OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI Express Mini Card products along with best-in-class technical and integration support, so end customers experience the same reliable, robust AirCard Enabled™ data solution users have come to expect from the AirCard® line of PC card products.

Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card modules include a common comprehensive WHQL-certified USB software driver architecture that provides superior power management, a dedicated diagnostic channel and the ability to enable or disable NDIS, which provides maximum flexibility to OEM customers when designing their wireless product. To simplify and expedite product development cycles, Sierra Wireless also provides OEM customers a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) and Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher™ software for easy connection management.

For more information about Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules for HSDPA networks, please visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing

*High-speed access available within wireless broadband network carrier coverage areas and requires separately purchased service plan.

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About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIRTSX: SW) develops and markets reliable, high quality wireless communications products that provide mobile professionals with data and voice access to wide area wireless networks. The Sierra Wireless product portfolio includes the award-winning AirCard® line of wireless PC cards, embedded modules for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and the MP line of rugged, vehicle-mounted wireless modems. Sierra Wireless also offers professional services to OEM customers during product development, leveraging the company’s expertise in wireless design and integration to provide built-in wireless connectivity for notebook computers and other portable computing devices. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit

“AirCard” is a registered trademark and “AirCard Enabled” 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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