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Samsung’s brand new chip could lead to smaller LTE watches

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Smartwatches are the new high point of mobile and communications technology. Snap them on your wrists and you can do anything from making calls to sending messages to controlling the music spewing out of your smartphone. However, they are still limited in their capabilities. An important reason behind this limitation is the processors inbuilt in the watches, along with the battery that can be packed inside their little shells. Samsung is coming up with a brand new Exynos 7 Dual 7270 processor, that may change things for the better.

The Exynos 7270 is the first smartwatch processor built on the 14nm processor scale. This is as opposed to the normally used 28nm standard. However, that is not the only special thing about this chip. The 7270 attempts to bring a balance between battery consumption and system capabilities.

The LTE capabilities are an important faucet of the chip considering that they allow smarwatches to function as an independent unit. Watches that lack this capability, become severely redundant in absence of a connection with a smartphone.


As per Samsung,

It is the first mobile application processor (AP) in the industry designed specifically for wearable devices with 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology. It is also the first in its class to feature full connectivity and LTE modem integration.

The 7270 also manages to integrate AP, DRAM and NAND flash memory chips and the PMIC together into a single package.


Speaking on the topic, Ben K. Hur, Vice President of System LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics said,

Designed on our state-of-the-art process technology, this AP offers great power savings, 4G LTE modem and full connectivity solution integration, as well as innovative packaging technology optimized for wearable devices. It is a ground-breaking solution that will greatly accelerate wider adoption of wearable devices by overcoming limitations in current solutions such as energy usage and design flexibility.

According to Samsung, the new chip offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, GPS, and LTE connectivity in a merely 100-square-millimeter area. The chip also offers significant power savings, being powered by two Cortex®-A53 cores that enable it to deliver 20 percent improvement in power efficiency as compared to its 28nm predecessors.

Chip height has also seen a reduction of almost 30 percent meaning that manufacturers will have room to fit more things into devices of the same size.Or conversely, manufacturers will be able to come up with watches that are even slimmer.


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