Hardware manufacturer Intel has unveiled a 3G modem slightly bigger than a penny, hoping the tiny device will become popular among connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Promoted as the world's smallest standalone 3G modem, the Intel XMM 6255 uses the Intel Power Transceiver technology, so the 3G modem also includes power management and a power amplifier on a single chip.
The XMM 6255 chip could be used in smartwatches and other wearables, along with IoT home appliances that require wireless connectivity.
"Devices with a small form factor like a smartwatch or a sensor may not have enough space for a normal-sized 3G antenna, which can affect connectivity quality and reliability," Intel noted in a blog post. "The XMM 6255 modem is specifically designed for such devices and delivers great 3G connectivity even with small volume antennas not meeting conventional mobile phone quality standards."
Intel has struggled to take its CPU lines mobile in smartphones and tablets - but is grinding away and fighting for market share - but ensuring devices have connectivity could be a major step forward for the company.