I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger Stefan Wolff to the IoT@Intel blog. Wolff is vice president of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group and general manager of the Multi-Comms Business in the Communications and Devices Group. In the post below, Wolff offers insight into how the wireless Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly taking shape. Exciting times are certainly ahead! ~Dave McKinney
The Wireless Internet of Things: Finding the Right Tool for the Job
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, both literally and as a compelling vision for the mobile industry. But we all know there is a lot of work ahead to realize this vision. The Internet of Things requires new cellular modem and wireless technologies that can accommodate a wide range of use cases, air interfaces, battery sizes and device form factors. It needs modems that can connect big/small things, fast/slow things and consumer/industrial/machine things.
There probably will never be a single wireless solution that can connect everything, so enabling the mass market for wireless IoT requires different tools for different jobs. That is why Intel has expanded its IoT product portfolio with five new cellular communications products for the coming wave of IoT devices and services.
Intel Atom x3-M7272
The Intel Atom x3-M7272 solution is optimized for automotive telematics applications, addressing the performance, scalability and security requirements of the rapidly expanding connected car market. It offers an LTE-Advanced multi-radio wireless communications platform combined with an Atom CPU capable of powering advanced security features such as a firewalling and packet inspection. Integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GNSS extend the platform’s high-speed LTE connectivity to the in-vehicle environment, enabling Wi-Fi hot spot functionality, navigation systems, locking and unlocking doors, and connectivity to Bluetooth-enabled devices.
By combining long- and short-range wireless connectivity with advanced security support, Intel Atom x3-M7272 provides auto manufacturers a platform for new capabilities such as:
- Predictive and preventative maintenance;
- Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) safety communication;
- In-vehicle commerce;
- And in-cabin multimedia streaming, mobile broadband and augmented navigation.
Sampling to customers in the first half of 2016, the Intel Atom x3-M7272 enhances Intel’s portfolio of automotive solutions and aids automobile manufacturers in rapidly commercializing their connected systems.
Intel XMM 7115
The Intel XMM 7115 modem is designed to support the industry’s first wave of devices and applications based on Narrowband IOT (NB-IOT). NB-IOT is a new, low power wide area (LPWA) technology being defined for 3GPP Release 13 that leverages existing LTE mobile networks to more efficiently connect to hard-to-reach devices that only require infrequent reporting of small amounts of data.
Designed for integration with sensors, smart grid meters and other low-power endpoints, Intel XMM 7115 supports peak data rates below 200 Kbps downlink for devices requiring extended battery life. It is ideal for connected market segments such as energy, agriculture and transportation.
The Intel XMM 7115 modem will sample to customers in the second half of 2016.
Intel XMM 7315
Supporting both the LTE Category M and NB-IOT standards, the Intel XMM 7315 modem combines an LTE modem and IA application processor on a single chip and is ideal for endpoints requiring wide-scale coverage, low power and low cost. The solution supports speeds up to 1 Mbps (Cat. M) and below 200 Kbps (NB-IOT) on the downlink for varied network implementations. Dual-standard support allows OEMs to scale their products globally, reduce derivative requirements and optimize their bill of materials costs. Intel XMM 7315’s integrated application processor allows OEMs to create and infuse custom applications and functionality into their devices.
The Intel XMM 7315 modem is planned for commercialization in 2017 with details on product feature upgrades available in the second half of 2016, timed with Release 13 standardization.
Intel XMM 7120M
Created for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, the Intel XMM 7120M modem provides both low- and high-speed connectivity for broad applicability across IoT use cases, including security monitoring, smart metering, asset tracking, industrial automation, and additional IoT applications requiring voice.
The Intel XMM 7120M modem is optimized for size-, power- and cost-sensitive M2M devices and offers:
- Support for MTC features and Category 1 speeds up to 10 Mbps downlink and 5 Mbps uplink;
- Optional 3G and/or 2G fallback;
- Stacked NAND and DRAM memory together with the baseband chip for smaller size PCB form factors;
- Assisted-GPS support for position-location use cases;
- And low power consumption for longer active and standby times.
The Intel XMM 7120M modem will begin sampling to customers in the first quarter of 2016.
Intel XMM 6255M
The Intel XMM 6255M modem delivers robust 3G connectivity in difficult environments and, at a size of only 245mm2, it succeeds the XMM 6255 as the world’s smallest standalone 3G modem. XMM 6255M’s reduced footprint comes from a new system-in-package (SiP) design that combines the baseband processor and memory dies in a single package. The new SiP design gives XMM 6255M an ultra-tiny PCB footprint for smaller form factors, as well as reduced complexity and BOM cost.
Like its predecessor, the Intel XMM 6255M modem is based on the unique Intel® Power Transceiver technology, which integrates transmit and receive functionality, power amplifier and power management in a single chip. This design approach protects the radio from voltage peaks, overheating and damage under tough usage conditions, which is important for safety monitors and other critical IoT devices. It also helps enhance signal retention when transmitting information in low signal zones, such as a parking garage or home basement.
The Intel XMM 6255M modem is currently sampling to customers, with commercial availability in the second half of 2016.
These new IoT communications products are just the beginning. Intel is creating a virtual toolbox of wireless connectivity products for the billions and billions of smart and connected IoT devices that will bring exciting and unexpected experiences to every part of our lives. We’re taking that vision of the coming Internet of Things and working with our partners to help make it a reality.
For additional details on these products and Intel’s modem portfolio, visit our Mobile Communications page.
To find out more about Intel’s latest products and announcements, check out our recent news from MWC 2016.