Exynos W920 is Industry’s First 5nm Processor Powering the Next Generation of Wearables. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in innovative semiconductor technology, on Aug. 10, 2021, unveiled the Exynos W920, a new wearable processor. The new CPU includes an LTE modem and is the first in the industry to use a breakthrough 5-nanometer (nm) extreme ultra-violet (EUV) manufacturing node, providing the strong yet efficient performance that next-generation wearable devices demand. The Exynos W920 offers high performance, efficiency, and LTE connectivity packed in the industry’s smallest form factor.
“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,” said Harry Cho, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “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.”
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, as well as 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 better speed offer faster app launches and a more engaging and eye-catching 3D graphical user interface (GUI) on a device’s qHD (960540) display.
Even with the latest features and enhancements, the Exynos W920 comes in the smallest package currently available in the market for wearables with Fan-Out Panel Level Packaging (FO-PLP). The technology incorporates the Exynos W920, power management IC (PMIC), LPDDR4, and embedded multimedia card (eMMC) in the same package using System-in-Package-embedded Package on Package (SiP-ePoP) configuration. The processor’s compact size allows smartwatches to house larger batteries or don sleeker designs.
Always-on-display (AOD) for wearables, particularly smartwatches, is a popular feature since it makes it simple to check the time, alerts, missed calls, and other information without having to wake 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 as well as 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 supports a new unified wearable platform Samsung built jointly with Google, and will be first applied to the upcoming Galaxy Watch model.