updated 11:25 am EST, Mon February 11, 2008
HSPA broadband modems
Sierra Wireless has introduced two new HSPA mobile broadband modems -- the AirCard 885E ExpressCard and Compass 885 USB modem. Both devices boast a small form-factor and offer the latest high-speed mobile broadband technology for use worldwide. Both the AirCard 885E ExpressCard and the Compass 885 USB modem are slated for shipment in mid-2008, and are compatible with Mac as well as Windows systems.
The Sierra Wireless Compass 885 tri-band USB modem for HSPA networks includes 'TRU-Install' software installation to simplify setup, a microSD memory card slot to expand its functionality, and a laptop clip accessory to provide flexibility in use. Compatible with mobile broadband networks worldwide, the Compass 885 USB modem is the only device in its class to include a connector for an external antenna, according to Sierra, allowing users in remote areas or fringe network coverage to extend and strengthen their connection to the network.
The AirCard 885E features a more compact ExpressCard design for users who regularly travel with a notebook that includes an ExpressCard slot. A fixed antenna with no moving parts aims to offer a reliable wireless connection, while the same 'TRU-Install' provides for quick installation without the need for a CD.
The Compass 885 USB modem and the AirCard 885E ExpressCard support tri-band HSPA/UMTS with receive diversity on all three bands and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM support. Both devices offer peak data speeds of up to 7.2Mbps of downstream bandwidth, and up to 2.0Mbps upstream. Uplink speeds are upgradeable via software to 5.76Mbps as future improvements become available.
Each device also offers GPS support for location based services such as local search and navigation applications.