Sierra Wireless has introduced four new AirPrime embedded modules - Embedded.com

Sierra Wireless has introduced four new AirPrime embedded modules

Sierra Wireless has introduced four new AirPrime embedded modules, the first to support LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks worldwide, according to the company. LTE-A is the latest generation of 4G LTE network standards, aimed at improving network capacity, throughput, data speed, and operational cost-efficiency. To date, 49 network operators in 31 countries have begun commercial rollouts of LTE-A systems, according to a recent report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

The new AirPrime modules are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon X7 LTE Modem, a product of Qualcomm Technologies (QTI).

Designed for mobile computing, networking, and industrial machine-to-machine applications, the new embedded modules are the fourth generation of LTE modules from Sierra Wireless and are offered in two form factors – the AirPrime MC Series (PCI Express MiniCard) and the EM Series (PCI Express M.2) – as well as two variants – the EM7455 and MC7455 for North American and European networks, and the EM7430 and MC7430 for Asia-Pacific networks.

This wide compatibility is enabled through on-board network switching – multiple firmware versions are included in each module, making it easy to provision and re-provision for different network operators as required. Coupled with support for a wide range of currently used LTE frequency bands, on-board network switching allows OEMs to streamline their inventory and operations processes, as each module supports more networks, and modules can be pre-installed and provisioned for their chosen networks when they are deployed. To enable other upgrade needs, secure, authenticated firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) update capabilities are natively supported on the new modules.

Samples of the new modules are available now to select customers for testing and integration.

More information on the EM Series
More information on the MC Series.

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