CANNES, France (PRWEB) February 25, 2004
Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), Sierra Wireless (Nasdaq: SWIR; TSX: SW), and TTPCom (LSE: TTC), announced today that they have teamed up to bring wireless EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) capabilities to laptop computers and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants). Sierra Wireless, the worldÂs leading manufacturer of cellular PC card modems,* has selected ADIÂs Blackfin SoftFone for EDGE Platform and TTPComÂs protocol stack software, to power its new AirCardÂ® 775 PC Card for the EDGE network. The new Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) Card will enable mobile users to enjoy higher speed data access while reaching speeds up to three times faster than currently available on existing GPRS networks.
About the size of a credit card, the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 is a Class 12 PC Card and the newest addition to the award winning AirCard PC Card series. The AirCard 775 is ideal for mobile professionals who are heavy data users as it allows them to send and receive data at speeds averaging between 100-130 kbps (kilobits per second). The quadband design (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) also enables mobile users to roam globally on both EDGE and GPRS networks. The new Sierra Wireless AirCard 775 - powered by ADIÂs Blackfin SoftFone for EDGE and TTPCom software - is planned for availability the third quarter of 2004.
Analog DevicesÂ Blackfin SoftFone for EDGE platform is the worldÂs first completely RAM-based chipset for the EDGE standard, and incorporates breakthrough advancements in power consumption, cost and size. The platform supports Class 12 EDGE complete with full four-transmit-slot and four-receive-slot operation to ensure the fastest speeds available for sending and receiving data**. In addition, the platform is based on ADIÂs Blackfin processor, which provides the signal processing performance and low power consumption required for advanced portable devices.
TTPComÂs EDGE software is fully integrated with the ADI platform and, with industry leading data rates reaching up to 216 kbps, it enables manufacturers to develop products that fully utilise EDGE networks and facilitates the early deployment of 3G type services. TTPComÂs EDGE software also builds on a proven GSM/GPRS base and during 2003 has undergone extensive interoperability testing with leading infrastructure providers, test equipment vendors and wireless operators.
ÂOur partnership with global industry leaders like Analog Devices and TTPCom ensures we continue to offer one of the most advanced wide-area PC Card products in the market,Â said Jason Cohenour, Senior Vice President Sales for Sierra Wireless. ÂWe remain committed to offering an extensive line of wireless data solutions that offer fast and easy access to new and expanding wireless networks. The new AirCard 775 continues a long and successful tradition for Sierra Wireless of offering innovative mobile solutions that our valued customers have come to depend on.Â
ÂSierra Wireless has used Analog DevicesÂ SoftFone platform for years to bring wide-area wireless Internet access to laptop users worldwide,Â said Christian Kermarrec, Vice President, RF and Wireless Systems, Analog Devices, Inc. ÂRecognised worldwide as an industry leader in wireless communication solutions, Sierra WirelessÂs adoption of our proven Blackfin SoftFone for EDGE platform further validates the high-performance, low-power and cost benefits it offers over alternative solutions.Â
ÂSierra Wireless has always been on the leading edge of technology implementation, demanding extreme performance and quality from its technology partners,Â said Richard Walker, Managing Director of the Software Division at TTPCom. ÂThe development of the newest addition to the AirCard family has been very swift and Sierra Wireless will be one of the first to launch an EDGE capable product. The speed of development demonstrates that TTPComÂs proven software, dedicated technical support and extensive interoperability testing deliver real time to market benefits for our customers.Â
For additional information on the Sierra Wireless AirCard 775, please visit: http://www.sierrawireless.com/aircard.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless is a leader in delivering highly differentiated wireless solutions that enable our customers to improve their productivity and lifestyle. Sierra Wireless develops and markets the AirCard, the industry-leading wireless PC card line for portable computers; embedded modules for OEM wireless applications; the MP line of rugged vehicle-mounted connectivity solutions; and Voq, a line of mobile phones with easy-to-use, secure software solutions for mobile professionals. For more information about Sierra Wireless please visit: http://www.sierrawireless.com.
Based in Cambridge, UK, TTPCom Ltd. is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc (LSE: TTC). The company develops intellectual property used in the design and manufacture of wireless communication terminals and during 2003 over 23 million devices using TTPCom's digital cellular technology were sold. TTPCom has established an industry standard with its GPRS platform, offers EDGE, 3G, Wireless LAN and Wireless PAN solutions and, for those manufacturers for whom a fast time to market is critical, TTPCom also offers complete handset and module designs. More information can be found on TTPComÂs website at: http://www.ttpcom.com.
About Analog Devices, Inc.
Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. The company is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Analog Devices' stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company is included in the S&P 500 Index.
** Note: maximum 5 timeslots at any time, network service dependent.
Blackfin, SoftFone and Othello are registered trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc.
"AirCard" and "Voq" are trademarks of Sierra Wireless, Inc.
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