“We commercially launched the XMM 6255 to provide a wireless solution for the billions of ‘smart’ and connected devices that are expected in the coming years,” Intel said in a blog post. He added that “anything with a screen will need to have connectivity” and processors will have to be combined with secure, low-power, connectivity technologies.
The company says the XMM 6255, with an area of about 300 sq mm, is the world’s smallest modem. The standalone chip could be used in wearable tech, as well as security devices such as “smart” smoke alarms. It is built to protect against overheating, and withstand tough conditions. The modem also features an embedded power supply.