M2M Connectivity Pty Ltd, Sierra Wireless’s Australian and New Zealand distributor for embedded modules, today announced two new products, the MC8790 and MC8790V embedded modules for HSPA networks.

M2M Connectivity Pty Ltd, Sierra Wireless’s Australian and New Zealand distributor for embedded modules, today announced two new products, the MC8790 and MC8790V embedded modules for HSPA networks.

The new HSPA modules (MC8790 and MC8790V) offer a cost-effective solution for developers while providing an extensive feature set and high-end functionality that Sierra Wireless customers have come to expect from Sierra Wireless modules.
The MC8790 is designed for developers integrating mobile broadband capabilities into modems, notebook computers, fixed wireless terminals and routers for vertical markets. Tri-band HSPA support and receive diversity on all bands make the module globally compatible, enabling developers to concentrate development efforts on a single product for global markets.
The MC8790V adds voice capability together with a serial UART interface and on-board GPSone technology, for developers looking to feature enhance their applications.

“With the introduction of the MC8790 and the MC8790V, we have focused efforts on bringing costs down, while continuing to provide the support customers need to get wireless technology integrated into their devices and out to market as quickly as possible. We believe that this balance of cost, quality, and support is the best solution for our customers”, said Trent Punnett, senior vice president, Marketing and Corporate Development, for Sierra Wireless.

Samples of the MC8790 will be available for developers for integration and testing in the next two months with commercial shipments expected to begin in Q3 2008. Samples of the MC8790V will be 1-2 months later.

Key Features of Sierra Wireless MC8790 and MC8790V
• 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)
• Tri-band HSPA/UMTS and quad-band support for EDGE/GPRS/GSM network access for roaming on high-speed networks worldwide
• GPS-capable to support location-based services
• Voice capabilities (MC8790V only)
• Support for simultaneous voice and data usage (MC8790V only)