LTE Modules Offer Multi-Operator Support
The second generation of the Sierra Wireless line of 4G LTE AirPrime embedded wireless modules targets notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets. The six additions to the AirPrime EM series and MC series support 4G networks worldwide and are compatible with the Windows 8 operating system. The modules are optimized for low power consumption to enable longer battery life in their host devices, according to the company. They’re also compatible with 2G and 3G network technologies for use in areas where LTE isn’t yet available. And with their multi-operator support on LTE networks, they’re designed to address markets worldwide with fewer variants, enabling end customers to select and change their network service provider without purchasing a new device.
The AirPrime EM7355, EM7305, and EM7330 are built to the PCI Express M.2 module standard, making them thinner and smaller than the preceding EM7700. Each module offers sets of frequency bands for specific regions: one for North America, one for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia, and one for Japan. The AirPrime MC7355, MC7305, and MC7330 PCI Express Mini Card modules are designed for use in notebooks. They also support different frequency bands. The first of the new EM and MC series modules will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2013 and roll out over the first three quarters of the year.
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