Samsung has been in the news quite a bit lately. While their mobile division is currently in a state of crisis as a result of the major Galaxy Note recall that has been put into effect this week, the company is more than thrilled to talk about a division of their brand that is currently doing quite well and that department would be their processors and chips.
The tech-giant revealed this week their new Exynos 7 Dual 7270 which is the first ever 14 nanometer wearable processor that has a built-in LTE modem. Essentially, this means your next smartwatch could potentially connect to a cell network and allow you to tether your laptop without a smartphone in the middle. This is a feature possessed only by the LG Urbane LTE and a few other wearables on the market right now.
The chip uses several different fabrication technologies called system-in-package and package-in-package or SiP-ePoP for short. Doing this helped engineers squeeze in the DRAM, NAND flash, and power management chips, while also reducing the total height, to boot. They also packed WiFi, Bluetooth, an FM radio and a GPS (GNSS) receiver into the 100 millimeter square (precisely 0.155 square inch) device. Overall, it is 20 percent more power efficient than previous generation 28-nanometer technology from Samsung.
This chip should make it possible for wearables to let you take calls or even tether other devices over LTE and WiFi. Smartwatches and fitness trackers will also get GPS tracking plus more without a huge power hit or need for a smartphone to be nearby. To help developers get on board with this new system, Samsung has released a developer platform, but it could be a while before we see any devices that use the new chip, unfortunately.
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