To reinforce the company’s commitment to the Internet of Things Intel have announced the XMM 6255; a complete 3G solution to enable cloud connectivity via the mobile phone network. In a blog post the company announced that it was commercially launching the XMM 6255 modem to provide a wireless solution for the billions of 'smart' and connected devices that are expected in the coming years. The modem incorporates Intel's SMARTI UE2p RF transceiver layered onto a 3G power amplifier providing up to 7.2 Mbps download and 5.6 Mbps upload speeds. The XMM 6255 fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claimed to be the smallest such solution on the market. Intel has targeted the XMM 6255 at IOT applications such as healthcare monitors and advertising.
WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy pathways can provide IOT connectivity for domestic installations but the XMM 6255 modem has a radio architecture allowing it to operate in a range of environments. Its design features ensure it can function in low-signal strength network coverage zones like car parks or home basements and its small-sized integrated 3G antenna allows it to fit into wearables such as smart watches and sensors.
The XMM 6255 modem is already featured in the U-blox SARA-U2 module series and Intel said they were expecting to announce further partnerships in the coming months. Pricing information and detailed technical specs have so far not been released.