Made exclusively for connecting to the AT&T 4G LTE network, the AirPrime EM7700 is based on the AirPrime MC7700 module, which was certified by AT&T last year. Designed to support Windows 8, the AirPrime EM7700 utilizes Qualcomm’s Gobi 4G LTE modem, the MDM9200, and is compatible with Qualcomm’s computing API and the USB-IF Mobile Broadband Interface Model (MBIM) for easy integration by PC OEMs. It offers a connectorised interface to enable build-to-order logistics, allowing manufacturers to offer it as an optional add-on to their devices.
The AirPrime EM7700 also supports HSPA+ on the AT&T network for use in areas where LTE is not yet available.
“Demand for smaller, thinner devices has continued to grow, and at the same time, we have become accustomed to being able to connect to high-speed networks from our gadgets anytime and anywhere,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President, Mobile Computing for Sierra Wireless. “The AirPrime EM7700 module offers a much-needed solution for OEMs building 4G connectivity into ultra-thin devices, and we look forward to working with our customers to bring it to market in exciting new products.”
“Mobile broadband data usage is on the rise, driven in no small part by gadgets like tablets and other ultra-portable devices,” said Glenn Lurie, President, Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility. “As consumers look for devices they can carry with them and use anytime, anywhere to suit a variety of purposes, size, shape, and weight continue to be critical considerations in their buying decisions.”
Sierra Wireless is working with a number of OEMs to integrate the AirPrime EM7700 embedded wireless module into a variety of devices, including tablets and ultra-portable devices expected to reach the market later this year.