Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific and Sierra Wireless deliver integrated 3G to LifeBook Q2010 for Hong Kong customers
LifeBook Q2010 with Sierra Wireless MC8755V PCI Express Mini Card module provides built-in connection to HSDPA networks, for quick and easy 3G network access
July 31, 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia and Hong Kong – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) and Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific today announced the LifeBook Q2010, with Super3G functionality provided by the Sierra Wireless MC8755V Voice-Enabled PCI Express Mini Card embedded module, is now available in Hong Kong. With its ultra-slim profile of 19 millimetres and amazingly light weight of barely one kilogram, discerning and tech-savvy consumers can now look forward to true mobility. Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific is also exploring opportunities to deliver the LifeBook Q2010 to other Asia Pacific regions in the upcoming months.
The Sierra Wireless MC8755V PCI Express Mini Card embedded module is fully integrated into the LifeBook Q2010, providing customers with the ability to wirelessly connect to their email, the Internet, or online applications at broadband speeds – approximately 500 to 800 kilobits per second (kbps) on an HSDPA network. For use in areas where HSDPA is not available, the MC8755V embedded module is also compatible with UMTS networks operating on the 2100 MHz frequency band, and with EDGE and GPRS networks on all four frequency bands used worldwide (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), enabling worldwide roaming for business travellers.
Mr. Raymond Foo, Director, Product Marketing and Engineering at Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific states, “Consumers can break free from the restrictions set by WiFi hotspots and broadband wires, and enjoy enhanced download speeds of up to 1.8Mbps* today. And as Fujitsu has taken the liberty in being the world’s first to incorporate dual digital array microphones into the LifeBook Q2010, it can now be used like a phone**, complete with SMS capabilities. The age of the all-in-one telecommunication device has arrived in the quintessential form of the LifeBook Q2010.”
“Integrated Sierra Wireless 3G embedded modules improve the mobile user’s experience by simplifying the process of getting online virtually anywhere at any time,” said Jin Pak, Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific for Sierra Wireless. “The integrated module is easy to use and the fast data speeds available with HSDPA offer significant benefits to mobile professionals, who can wirelessly access online information quickly and easily. Sierra Wireless is pleased to work with Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific to deliver the advantages of embedded 3G connectivity to Asian markets.”
MC8755V PCI Express Mini Card for HSDPA/UMTS networks
The MC8755V PCI Express Mini Card module is built using the MSM6275™ Mobile Station Modem™ chipset from QUALCOMM and offers peak download speeds of 1.8 Mbps*. The MC8755V is a complete 3G enabled wireless solution, offering data, voice, and SMS functionality**. The module offers standardized voice support for GSM, UMTS and HSDPA networks supporting Enhanced Full Rate (EFR), Full Rate (FR), Half Rate (HR), and WCDMA Adaptive Multirate (AMR) voice codecs. The MC8755V operates on the 2100 MHz HSDPA UMTS frequency band and is designed for markets in Europe and Asia. MC8755V modules are also compatible with EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks on all four GSM frequency bands (850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz), for global roaming in areas where an HSDPA or UMTS network is not available.
Customers purchasing AirCard Enabled™ products experience the same reliable, high performance wireless data solutions they have come to expect from the AirCard line of PC card products. Sierra Wireless has over 12 years of experience in delivering industry leading WWAN products. OEM customers can rely on Sierra Wireless to deliver a suite of PCI Express Mini Card products, along with superior integration support services to help manage product development cycles.
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 or DUN support, which provides maximum flexibility to OEM customers when designing their wireless product. To simplify and expedite product development cycles, Sierra Wireless also provides system integrators and OEM customers with a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) or Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher™ software for easy connection management.
Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules are PCI Express Mini Card form factor compliant, fully shielded, and offer an operating temperature range of -30 to +60 degrees Celsius to suit all applications. Each module measures 51 x 30 x 4.5 mm, weighs in at less than 12 g, and complies with new European Union directives on RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances).
For more information about Sierra Wireless PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/product/oemmodules.aspx, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*Dependent on network support for HSDPA
**Dependent on network support. Hong Kong service currently supports data only.
About Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific
Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific Pte Ltd is the Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters for PC business of Fujitsu Limited, Japan. Its responsibilities include the marketing and sales of a wide range of personal computers for the corporate and end-user markets in the Asia Pacific.
Fujitsu PC Asia Pacific pledges “Built-in Confidence” for every product under its brand name to reassure users of product and service excellence. From high performance components to stringent quality control and professional after-sales service, Fujitsu stands for reliability and satisfaction.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Fujitsu also makes every effort to ensure that our products are manufactured in a bid to promote environment conservation and protection. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See www.fujitsu.com for further information.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: 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. Sierra Wireless is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, with additional offices in Carlsbad, California, London, and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, please visit www.sierrawireless.com.
“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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