Sierra Wireless launches next-gen AirPrime M2M module

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Sierra Wireless launched on Monday its next-generation AirPrime embedded machine-to-machine wireless module that includes a multi-core processor, secure cloud services and open application framework, the company said in a release.

The multi-core processor, built in collaboration with ARM, integrates a set of M2M-specific interfaces with an architecture that includes a 2G EDGE modem, a dedicated high-speed ARM application processor, and an ARM Cortex-m0 process for ultra-low power operation.

On the cloud services side, Sierra Wireless's AirVantage M2M cloud platform reduces the effort and cost to develop, deploy and operate new M2M products by integrating machine data with enterprise applications and remote management that scales to millions of devices.

The open application framework includes a set of M2M libraries and development tools that save time for embedded software developers, the company explained.

The launch of the AirPrime-based M2M ecosystem is part of Sierra Wireless's effort to focus on its M2M business. The firm recently sold its consumer-focused AirCard mobile broadband device unit to networking firm NetGear in an effort to focus exclusively on M2M products and services. The company netted $100 million from the sale, which it will use to acquire M2M firms, Jason Cohenour, the firm's president and chief executive officer, told FierceMobileIT.

"We have an active M&A program with names in the funnel. We are engaged with advisors and management teams at target companies ... There are some actionable names in the funnel," Cohenour said.

Sierra Wireless said earlier this month that it expects to post a first quarter loss in the range of 5 cents to 8 cents per share due to higher certification costs for new products and a strengthening euro. The firm expects to return to profitability in the second quarter of 2013.

For more:
- check out the Sierra Wireless AirPrime announcement
- see the Sierra Wireless financial results

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