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Samsung makes long overdue jump from 28 to 14nm wearable processors with Exynos 7270

By Adrian Diaconescu October 11, 2016, 4:41 am

Back in February, Qualcomm made a pretty big fuss over the Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, which was supposed to usher in the “next era of wearables.” Namely, smartwatches, previously powered mainly by the Snapdragon 400 processor, which was hardly a beast to begin with in 2013, not to mention it of course started out as a product designed specifically for smartphone use.

Bottom line, we were certainly ready to welcome the 2100 with open arms, but unfortunately, that “next wave” of smartwatches, especially Android Wear devices, is largely delayed until early 2017 (best case scenario).

And now Qualcomm’s “breakthrough” is remarkably overshadowed by Samsung, and the Korean tech giant’s low-key announcement of the “first mobile application processor (AP) in the industry designed specifically for wearable devices with 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.”


Yes, the teeny-tiny Exynos 7 Dual 7270 is built on the same frugal 14nm base as the Exynos 8890 inside the Galaxy S7, as well as the Snapdragon 820 or 821, compared to the 28nm core of the SD Wear 2100.


But Samsung isn’t keen to mock a partner, merely pointing out the Exynos 7270 AP is 20 percent more power efficient than its 28nm predecessor, the Exynos 3250 under the Gear S2’s hood, thus “notably extending battery life.”

It also integrates a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem, embedded Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips, FM radio support, global navigation satellite systems, squeezing all that, plus DRAM and NAND flash memory and the power management IC into a single 100-square-millimeter package that’s 30 percent shorter than before, allowing for “high performance, ultra-slim wearable devices.” Like the Gear S3? Probably not, since there’s only talk of a reference Exynos 7270 platform for the moment.

Source: Samsung Newsroom


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