Sierra Wireless today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers has selected the Sierra Wireless MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card modules to provide integrated HSDPA/UMTS network connectivity to specific models in its LIFEBOOK Professional Notebook Series, simplifying access to online information and corporate applications for mobile professionals. The AirCard Enabled LIFEBOOK notebooks from Fujitsu Siemens Computers will be available to mobile professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa as of Q2, 2006.

“With more than 30 percent growth in the notebook segment, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is a strong player in the mobility market. We see a great potential in UMTS embedded professional notebooks and with the Sierra Wireless Mini Card we can now offer our customers data access anytime and anywhere the UMTS network is available,” says Andreas Thimmel, Vice President Business Clients at Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

Sierra Wireless Mini Card embedded modules are designed for integration into notebook computers and other mobile computing devices, offering mobile professionals convenient, built-in access to online information and applications at broadband speeds, allowing them to work productively without spending valuable time searching for hotspots.

“Sierra Wireless has been working with original equipment manufacturers for more than 10 years to provide reliable, high quality integrated wireless wide area network connections,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless. “We are pleased to collaborate with Fujitsu Siemens Computers to provide the same built-in, reliable wireless connectivity to mobile professionals for mainstream business applications.”

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. 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 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 system integrators and OEM customers with a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) or Sierra Wireless’s own Watcher software for easy connection management.

MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card for HSDPA/UMTS networks

The MC8755 PCI Express Mini Card module is built using the MSM6275(TM) Mobile Station Modem(TM) chipset from QUALCOMM and offers peak download speeds of 1.8 Mbps. The MC8755 operates on the 2100 MHz HSDPA UMTS frequency band and is designed for markets in Europe and Asia. MC8755 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.

The MC8755 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