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‘Ultra slim’ modem launched by Intel for the Internet of Things, wearables and M2M

‘Ultra slim’ modem launched by Intel for the Internet of Things, wearables and M2M

Posted by Jeremy CowanSeptember 1, 2014

Intel has announced the commercial launch of the Intel® XMM™ 6255 modem. This ‘ultra slim’ modem is designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), 3G smartphones, machine-to-machine (M2M) and unconventional client devices.

module m2mThe Intel® XMM™ 6255 modem platform combines the Intel® X-GOLD™ 625 base band and its integrated power management unit with the Intel SMARTi™ UE2p – the first Intel transceiver with a fully integrated 3G power amplifier.

XMM™ 6255 is said by the company to be “extraordinarily compact with an effective board area of about 300 square milimetres, making it ideal for unconventional form factors such as Internet of Things devices, wearables and M2M applications.” Built-in controls protect the transceiver and integrated PA from dangers such as overheating, voltage peak and over current that can occur under tough usage conditions.

“Today, we commercially launched the XMM™ 6255 modem to provide a wireless solution for the billions of ‘smart’ and connected devices that are expected in the coming years. At about 300mm2 in size, it is the world’s smallest standalone 3G modem, making it perfect for networked sensors and other IoT applications such as wearables, security devices and industrial equipment,” said Stefan Wolff (pictured below).

Stefan Wolff

Stefan Wolff, vice president of the Product Engineering Group and chief operating officer of the Wireless Platform R&D, Intel Mobile Communications

Intel® power transceiver technology reduces BOM costs

XMM™ 6255 features Intel® power transceiver technology, which combines 3G transmit & receive functionality, a fully integrated power amplifier, and power management on a single-chip SMARTi™ UE2p transceiver. This unique design helps minimise modem size and BOM costs.

The new Intel modem’s key features include:

  • Dual-band HSPA @ 7.2/5.76 Mbps DL/UL –single receiver
  • Integrated 3G power amplifier
  • Quad-band 2G optional with external, low-cost companion PA
  • Co-designed isoplexer
  • Direct to battery power
  • Integrated DC/DC converters
  • Digitally controlled crystal-oscillator (DCXO) support
  • Intel X-GOLD™ 625 base band
  • Intel SMARTi™ UE2p transceiver with Intel® Power Transceiver technology
  • Intel protocol stack
  • Pre-certified
  • A-GPS optional
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