It might not look much, but this is the world's smallest 3G chip—and it could help bring Internet connectivity to even the tiniest of devices.

The U-blox SARA-U260 module measures just 16 by 26 millimeters and has recently been certified by AT&T. It can, obviously, handle voice calls, but that's not really the point; instead, this tiny little silicon construct can send and receive data via 3G. It also features Assisted GPS and an can use cellular networks to geolocate indoors, too.

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It might not be the fastest of devices, sure, but 3G has astonishing geographic coverage. That means that devices—whatever their size—could happily hook up to the Internet of Things using such a chip. Think super-slim smart watches, intelligent clothing or anything else that needs to be slim and light but would benefit from being connected.

Now it's certified by AT&T, the U260 should start appearing in devices pretty damn soon. Let's see what people do with it. [IT World]