Technology is getting smaller and smaller by the day, and Intel is definitely winning the race to develop on a minute scale. Dubbed the world’s smallest modem, Intel gathered their microscopes and tiny soldering irons to develop the XMM 6255 – 300 sq. mm 3G modem to connect almost anything to the internet.

Making use of Intel’s SMARTI UE2p transceiver based on its Power Transceiver technology, it has been developed to combine the receiving and transmitting aspects on a single chip, with a fully integrated power amplifier and power management system.

Intel smallest modem

“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,” Intel explains in their blog.

We all know that South Africa has really spotty 3G signal, even at the best of times, but the little modem has design to work in the most low-coverage areas out there. “The modem provides reliable communication when it comes to transmitting information in low signal zones like a parking garage or a home basement.”

But which technology will be able to make use of such a tiny modem? Well, Intel plans for it to be included in smartwatches or something that is small enough to house a normal-sized 3G antenna, as it says small volume antennas are not meeting conventional mobile phone quality standards.

Being small also has the benefit of drawing really low power, which brings down the overall cost of fabricated the unit – as well as other piece that it can integrate into.


“The integration of the power amplifier and transceiver you see in this modem also simplifies the design and minimizes device development costs, which means developers can launch more products, more quickly, and in a more cost-effective manner.”

[Source – Intel, image – CC by 2.0/hjhipster]
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