Samsung has announced that it has begun the mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270. The Korean company said that it’s the first mobile application processor (AP) in the industry designed specifically for wearable devices, using 14-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.
The processor comes with two Cortex-A53 cores, a smaller form factor (14nm) than its predecessor (28nm) which brings with it a 20 percent improvement in power efficiency, and a Cat.4 LTE 2CA modem so that device with the processor can independently connect to a cellular service. The processor also includes embedded WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, an integrated FM radio, and supports location-based services with GNSS (global navigation satellite system) solutions.
Samsung also managed to pack in some extra performance increases with its packaging technology SiP (system-in-package), Samsung said it allows the Exynos 7270 to feature outstanding performance and energy-efficiency within a compact solution optimised for wearable devices. The company went on to say:
“The technology combines the AP, DRAM and NAND flash memory chips as well as the PMIC (power management IC) together into a single package. The solution can offer more features than its predecessor in the same 100-square millimeter (mm2) area while reducing the height by approximately 30 percent. This gives more room for device manufacturers to design high performance, ultra-slim wearable devices.”
The firm said that a reference platform comprised of the Exynos 7270, NFCm and various other sensors is currently available for device manufacturers and customers. Samsung didn’t say when it expected to see the processor in devices on the market.