Samsung Electronics, a global leader in cutting-edge semiconductor technology, today unveiled the Exynos Connect U100, the company’s first ultra-wideband (UWB) chipset. The new UWB solution offers exact distance and position data with single-digit centimetre precision and is designed for use in mobile, automotive, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
In addition, Samsung launched “Exynos Connect,” a new brand that unifies its short-range wireless communication technologies, including UWB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, which are crucial for enabling a world that is becoming more and more hyperconnected.
The Exynos Connect U100, from Samsung Electronics, “combines sophisticated ranging and positioning capabilities with strong security to enable hyper-connectivity between people and everyday objects, fueling a range of new applications in positioning and location tracking,” said Joonsuk Kim, Executive Vice President of the Connectivity Development Team. “Building on our technology leadership in communications technologies, we are committed to driving innovation in short-range communication solutions to transform the way we connect and relate to the world around us.”
Fast data transmissions are possible using UWB, a short-range wireless communication method that uses a wide frequency spectrum and consumes little power. UWB is becoming more and more popular in a variety of businesses, including those that deal with remote payments, smart keys, smart homes, and smart factories, because of its capacity to gather extremely accurate spatial and directional data.
Samsung’s Exynos Connect U100 offers the reliability of single-digit centimetres and under five degrees by utilizing the time of arrival (ToA) and 3D angle of arrival (AoA) measurements. This makes it especially useful when tracking location in challenging indoor environments where GPS is unavailable as well as for AR and VR applications that require exact and real-time tracking of moving people.
The U100 is perfect for usage in small devices because it combines radio frequency (RF), baseband, embedded Flash (eFlash) memory, and power management IP into a single chip.
The U100’s power-saving mode helps extend the battery life of IoT devices like smart tracking tags that run on batteries with low power capacity as well as mobile and automotive solutions. The U100 has a strong hardware encryption engine to thwart outside hacking in addition to a scrambled timestamp sequence (STS) feature for reliable communication.
Samsung’s Exynos Connect U100 has been certified by the FiRa Consortium, an industry-led non-profit organization that certifies UWB products for conformity to interoperability standards.
Additionally, the U100 complies with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) Digital Key Release 3.0 standard, which was created to store, authenticate, and exchange digital keys for automobiles. This enables smartphones with the U100 to securely share digital key information with automobiles.