Intel has launched what it is calling the “world’s smallest standalone 3G modem”, designed to try and push IT firmly into the Internet of Things generation.
The XMM 6255 chipset is 10mm wide and just 300mm squared in total, and uses the company’s new Power Transceiver technology to deliver what it calls the “industry’s first design to combine, transmit and receive functionality with a fully-integrated power amplifier and power management”.
All this on a single, tiny chip.
Intel seems keen on positioning the tech towards wearables, smart meters and other sensors in industrial equipment and for home use.
“Today, we commercially launched the XMM 6255 to provide a wireless solution for the billions of ‘smart’ and connected devices that are expected in the coming years,” Intel stated.
It believes that, so far, devices such as smart watches “may not have enough space for a normal-sized 3G antenna, which can affect connectivity quality and reliability”. It admits that the on-board antennas don’t meet current mobile phone antenna quality standards.
It doesn’t need to, though – the 7.2Mbps download and 5.6Mbps upload speeds possible with the hardware are purely for local-area machine-to-machine communication, also able, says the company, to offer “reliable communication” in low-signal areas.