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Samsung launches 5nm chipset for wearables, the Exynos W920

By Liu Hongzuo - on 10 Aug 2021, 12:19pm

Samsung launches 5nm chipset for wearables, the Exynos W920

Samsung Exynos W920.

Samsung launched its new wearables processor - the Exynos W920. The chipset is built on the 5nm process. It offers LTE connectivity alongside the perks of high performance and battery efficiency associated with processors made using complex, intricate manufacturing processes.

“Wearables like smartwatches are no longer just a cool gadget to have. They’re now a growing part of our lifestyles to keep you fit, safe and alert. With the Exynos W920, future wearables will be able to run applications with visually appealing user interfaces and more responsive user experiences while keeping you connected on the go with fast LTE,” said  Harry Cho, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

Exynos W920 contains two Arm Cortex-A55 cores, an Arm Mali-G68 graphics processing unit (with a 20% increase in CPU performance and 10x ‘better graphics performance’ when compared to its predecessor). In addition, according to Samsung’s announcement, the Exynos W920 can support 3D GUIs on displays measuring 960 x 540 pixels resolution.

Its Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging method packs the W920, power management IC, LPDDR4 RAM, and eMMC into the same package, making the Exynos wearables chipset extremely compact. This form factor offers either more room for batteries, or slimmer smartwatch designs. 

To support Always-On Display features and notifications in Sleep Mode, the Exynos W920 packs an extra Cortex-M55 for low-power processing.

Finally, LTE connectivity comes through via its 4G LTE Cat 4 modem, with added navigation support via GNSS L1.

Most importantly, Samsung’s new chipset announcement also confirmed that this new wearables processor would be present on an ‘upcoming Galaxy Watch model’. 

It’s not a coincidence that Samsung’s Unpacked event is happening tomorrow evening. Also, Samsung has had the habit of announcing its hardware and components literally the day before its major mobile launches, so we’re left guessing what the new Galaxy Watches will be called. 

Source: Samsung (newsroom)

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