Samsung unveils Exynos Connect U100, its very own ultra-wideband chipset

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Today, Samsung announced a new brand, Exynos Connect, which consolidates all its short-range wireless communication solutions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) under one ‘roof’.

At the same time, the company has unveiled its first ever UWB chipset, the Exynos Connect U100. Its naming is very close to Apple’s U1 chip, which powers its AirTag object tracking, and we assume that’s not a coincidence.

Samsung’s solution comes with distance measurement capabilities that are accurate within single-digit centimeters and below five degrees, and is optimized for use in mobile, automotive and Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, for which it offers accurate distance and location information. Since it integrates radio frequency, baseband, embedded flash memory and power management IP into a single chip, the U100 is ideal for use in compact devices.

The U100 utilizes Time of Arrival (ToA) and 3D Angle of Arrival (AoA) measurements to provide the aforementioned level of accuracy. Samsung says this makes it particularly useful when tracking location indoors, as well as for AR and VR applications that require accurate and real-time tracking of moving people.

The chip has a power-saving mode and is equipped with a coded timestamp sequence (STS) function and a secure hardware encryption engine to prevent external hacking. The Exynos Connect U100 has been certified by the FiRa Consortium for interoperability with UWB standards. It also complies with the Car Connectivity Consortium’s Digital Key Release 3.0, allowing U100-equipped smartphones to securely communicate digital keys with vehicles.

It’s unclear when we’ll see the first devices to have this chip built in, but we’re guessing Samsung itself will make good use of it across product categories.


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