Samsung Unveils the Industry’s First 5nm Processor for Wearables’ Next Generation

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in innovative semiconductor technology, unveiled the Exynos W920, a new wearable processor. The new CPU includes an LTE modem and is the first to use a breakthrough 5-nanometer (nm) extreme ultra-violet (EUV) manufacturing node, providing the solid yet efficient performance that next-generation wearable devices demand.

“Smartwatches, for example, are no longer just a cool device to have. They’re becoming an increasingly important part of our daily lives to keep us active, safe, and alert,” said Harry Cho, vice president of Samsung Electronics’ System LSI marketing. “Future wearables will be able to run applications with more visually appealing user interfaces and responsive user experiences, all while staying connected on the go with fast LTE,” says Samsung.

Samsung’s Exynos W920 is the company’s newest product, including a cutting-edge 5nm EUV technology for the next generation of wearables. It has two Arm® Cortex®-A55 cores for high-performance yet low-power processing and an Arm MaliTM-G68 GPU with a 20% increase in CPU performance and a ten-fold increase in graphics performance over its predecessor. The Exynos W920’s enhanced cores and speed offer faster app launches and a more engaging and eye-catching 3D graphical user interface (GUI) on a device’s qHD (960540) display.

The Exynos W920 comes in the smallest package currently available in the market for wearables with Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging, even with the latest capabilities and advancements (FO-PLP). Using a System-in-Package-embedded Package on Package (SiP-ePoP) arrangement, the Exynos W920, power management IC (PMIC), LPDDR4, and embedded multimedia card (eMMC) are all housed in the same package. Because of the processor’s small size, smartwatches may hold larger batteries and have slimmer designs.

Always-on-display (AOD) for wearables, particularly smart watches, is a popular feature since it makes it simple to check the time, alerts, missed calls, and other information without waking the watch from sleep mode. The W920 activates a separate low-power display processor, the Cortex-M55, rather than the main CPU, which reduces display power consumption in AOD mode compared to the prior Exynos model.

The Exynos W920 includes a 4G LTE Cat.4 modem and a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) L1 for tracking speed, distance, and elevation during outdoor activities for seamless connected experiences on the go.

The Exynos W920 is the first processor to support Samsung’s new unified wearable platform, developed in collaboration with Google and used in the next Galaxy Watch model.

Visit http://www.samsung.com/exynos for more information about Samsung’s Exynos products.

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