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Intel has developed the XMM 6255, having an area of 300 sq mm, making it the world’s smallest 3G modem. Intel plans to use this modem in the Internet of Things sector for connected home appliances, industrial systems and wearable technology.

Intel says the XMM 6255 could be used in wearable tech as well as smart internet-connected devices such as smart smoke alarms. It is optimised to be protected from overheating and to withstand tough conditions. The XMM 6255 comprises not only the SMART UE2p RF tranceiver chip, but also a memory module and an embedded power supply module. It offers upto 7.2Mbps download speeds and 5.6Mbps upload speeds.

“Today, 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.

Speaking to BBC, Sergis Mushell, research director at Gartner “It’s not just about the size of it. What Intel is really doing is going after a significant stake in the Internet of Things market, where connectivity is most important.”

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