Intel today commercially launched the XMM 6255 modem to provide a wireless solution for the "smart" and connected devices that are expected in the coming years.
At about 300 mm2 in size, it is the world’s smallest standalone 3G modem, making it suitable for networked sensors and other IoT applications such as wearables, security devices and industrial equipment.
XMM 6255 features the SMARTI UE2p transceiver, which is based on the Intel Power Transceiver technology, the first design to combine transmit & receive functionality with a fully integrated power amplifier and power management, all on a single chip. This design approach reduces XMM 6255’s component requirements, resulting in a smaller modem that helps manufacturers minimize their build of material costs. It also protects the radio from overheating, voltage peaks and damage under tough usage conditions, which is important for safety monitors and other critical IoT devices.
Additionally, the XMM 6255 modem features a radio architecture that enables it to perform very well in challenging real-world situations, including low signal network coverage and small-sized devices.
The XMM 6255 is currently available in the u-blox SARA-U2 module and Intel expects to have updates on additional partnerships in the coming months.