Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel releases world's smallest 3G modem for IoT applications

Iain Morris
August 28, 2014
Semiconductor giant Intel has released a tiny 3G modem it claims will have a huge impact on the market for Internet of Things (IoT) services.

The XMM 6255 is the world’s smallest standalone 3G modem, according to Intel, making it ideal for networked sensors and other IoT applications, such as wearables, security devices and industrial equipment.

Intel (Santa Clara, CA, USA) says that devices like smartwatches or sensors may not have enough space for normal-sized 3G antennas, affecting connectivity quality and reliability.

Intel claims the size of the modem will help manufacturers to reduce their build of material costs and also protect radios from overheating, voltage peaks and damage under tough usage conditions.

The modem is also said to provide excellent coverage in “low signal zones”, like parking garages and home basements.

The integration of the power amplifier and transceiver in the modem is intended to simplify the design and minimize device development costs, meaning developers can launch more products in a more cost-effective manner.
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