M2M Connectivity Pty Ltd, Sierra Wireless’s Australian and New Zealand distributor for embedded modules, today announced the launch of the MC8792V, the first embedded module to offer 3G/HSPA 900 MH

M2M Connectivity Pty Ltd, Sierra Wireless’s Australian and New Zealand distributor for embedded modules, today announced the launch of the MC8792V, the first embedded module to offer 3G/HSPA 900 MHz frequency band support.

The MC8792V module offers tri-band HSPA/UMTS support (900, 1900,2100 MHz) and quad-band support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks. It provides local wireless developers with the ability to expand their product offering for mobile networks rolling out 900 Mhz 3G/HSPA networks. The extra development effort to migrate from existing frequencies to 900 Mhz is minimal, as Sierra Wireless has designed the MC8792V as a drop-in swap with its existing 3G/HSPA modules.

“An increasing number of network operators around the world are currently considering, or are already using the 900 MHz frequency range in their HSPA network deployments,” said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Development, for Sierra Wireless. “The MC8792V caters to these companies, providing the same premium functionality and performance that is expected of Sierra Wireless embedded modules”.

The MC8792V embedded module can be integrated into a variety of OEM devices, including fixed wireless terminals, routers and modems, point-of-sale devices, and laptops. With simultaneous voice and data capability, integrated GPS, serial UART, and integrated TCP/IP, the MC8792V is the ideal M2M platform for developers and customers wanting to target 3G/HSPA 900 Mhz networks.

Key Features of the Sierra Wireless MC8792V
• Tri-band HSPA/UMTS (900, 1900, and 2100 MHz) and quad-band support for EDGE/GPRS/GSM network access
• Peak data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps (megabits per second) on the downlink and 2.0 Mbps on the uplink (future upgradeable to 5.76 Mbps)
• Support for simultaneous voice and data usage
• Integrated GPS, Serial UART and embedded TCP/IP

Samples of the MC8792V will be available to developers to start integration and testing in October 2008. Volume shipments are expected to begin by Q1 2009.