Intel’s Modem For IoT Devices Can Be Embedded Even On Smartwatches
In a recent study by Accenture, it is believed that Internet of Things (IoT) will be the next big thing with 69 percent of U.S. consumers planning to buy Internet-connected devices that range from home appliances to cars. To connect each and every device to the Internet, the device would require a modem. The challenge arises when modem is to be embedded on small things like door locks, keys, and cameras.
Intel is aware of the importance of newly introduced field of Internet-Of-Things and is not set to launch a tiny modem for IoT devices. This new modem is just 300 mm squared in size and is termed as “world’s smallest standalone 3G modem” by Intel itself.
The XMM™ 6255 was commercially launched by Intel this Tuesday.
How Intel has managed to make a 300-mm-squared modem? Well, it is thanks to their unique technology that combines, transmits and receives functionality. This technology is used by the company’s SMARTI™ UE2p transceiver which made it possible to develop such a small-sized modem. Intel claims that this technology is industry’s first.
This unique technology also helps in reducing the component requirements that further helps in developing a small-sized modem. “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,” noted Intel.
XMM 6255 comes in a dual-band HSPA configuration having 7.2Mbps downstream and 5.76Mbps upstream speeds.
Another interesting feature of XMM 6255 is its ability to perform well in low-signal zones like basement or garage. It provides reliable communication in low-signal zones.
While hardware manufacturers like Intel are doing their job well to make the field of IoT more advanced, developers also need to step up and develop interesting apps for home appliances connected with Internet making them smarter. For example, Tesla’s new updates to its OS include very interesting features like starting the electric car with iPhone and many others.
With the introduction of small-sized modems, smartwatches can be enhanced in their functionality too, like making them 3G compatible, which is now possible thanks to Intel XMM 6255.
The XMM 6255 modem is currently available in the U-blox SARA-U2 module series. Intel expects to have updates on additional partnerships in the coming months.