Sierra Wireless (Richmond, British Columbia, Canada) today introduced two new broadband products in its AirPrime SL Series of wireless embedded modules: the AirPrime SL809x for HSPA+ networks, and the AirPrime SL501x for EV-DO Rev A networks. The new modules bring additional choices of network technologies to the SL Series, which currently includes the SL808x HSDPA module as well as the SL6087 EDGE module, winner of the GSM Association's "Best 2G module" award.
Launched in March 2010, the AirPrime SL Series has performed well in the general market. Key to the SL Series' commercial success is also the availability of a wide range of network technologies (EDGE, HSDPA and now HSPA+ and EVDO) within a single form factor.
The SL809x is one of the smallest HSPA+ modules available, and offers multi-band HSPA+ speeds up to 14.4 Mbps for download and 5.7 Mbps for uplinks, as well as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE within a 25x30mm form factor. It features an extended temperature range, as well as voice, antenna diversity, and GPS. The AirPrime SL809x comes in two variants (SL8090 and SL8092), which cover two different sets of frequency bands for global coverage.
The AirPrime SL501x is a dual-band EV-DO Rev A module, form factor compatible with both 2G and 3G GSM products in the AirPrime SL Series. This means that device manufacturers can use a single hardware design in different geographical markets. It offers data speeds up to 3.1Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8Mbps on the uplink. It is industrial-grade with an extended temperature range, and supports GPS. The AirPrime SL501x also comes in two variants: The SL5010 supports voice and data, while the SL5011 is a data only module.
Both the AirPrime SL809x and the AirPrime SL501x will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2011.