Tablets

The 21st century has seen a rapidly increasing adoption of mobile computing-the ability to use a computer on the go. Such computers generally have all the features of a full-sized personal computer. A laptop computer is an example of such a computing device.

With increasing advances in electronics and semiconductor technology, another line of computing devices has evolved from the laptop computer, in the form of a "tablet"-a thin, flat (and usually rectangular) unit. Such a device is most commonly identified as a "tablet PC".

The primary feature of a tablet PC that differentiates it from a laptop is the lack of a keyboard. A tablet PC commonly employs a stylus-based touchscreen as its main input device. Based on the tablet's hardware configuration, the device may either be capable of running a full-fledged operating system (such as those used in desktop PCs), or its modified version, designed specifically for deployment on the device's hardware platform.

The following illustration shows a typical tablet PC's internal configuration.

Block Diagram

Samsung Semiconductor Block Diagram Application Processors eMMC Mobile DRAM MCP Flash Card Display Driver IC CMOS Image Sensor PMIC NFC SIM Card

Block Diagram shows a tablet PC, consisting of several components, such as the application processor, the memory subsection, the power management and display driver ICs, the CMOS image sensor, the near-field communication (NFC) solution, and the SIM card IC. Samsung is the worldwide leader and preferred supplier for providing solutions for tablet PCs across all these component segments. Samsung components enable designers, manufacturers, and system integrators, to bring their latest and most advanced tablet designs to market in the shortest time and at the lowest costs.

Current generation tablet PCs are equipped with a multitude of volatile and nonvolatile data storage solutions. Volatile memory includes Mobile DRAM (also known as LPDDR or Low Power DDR RAM), while nonvolatile memory includes flash cards to expand the available memory capacity.


 

Application Processors

The application processor acts as the main processor (or CPU) of the tablet PC. Current generation tablets use application processors with special architectures that focus on low-power consumption, while providing the same set of features as traditional desktop PCs. As of today, ARM is the most widely used and adopted architecture for mobile computing and communications devices across the world.

Samsung's extensive line-up of application processors has been specifically designed for deployment on tablet PCs and other mobile computing devices. Based on the ARM platform, the line-up includes a complete range of advanced, low power application processors, designed with the latest features for exceptional performance and backed by a comprehensive suite of software development and support tools. Samsung currently offers application processors with the following ARM cores (listed in increasing order of capabilities):

  • ARM 7 Series
  • ARM 9 Series
  • ARM 11 Series
  • Cortex A8 Series
  • Cortex A9 Series

Samsung application processors are the industry's best SoCs and include the maximum number of features integrated on the silicon, resulting in the minimum number of additional external components required to bring up the design, reducing the time-to-market for the products. Some of the principal advantages of using Samsung application processors in designs for tablet PCs include:

  • Highly optimized ARM-based cores: Samsung application processors use industry-standard ARM cores, which are the benchmark for mobile, portable, and low-power computing and communication devices.
  • Support for multiple memory types: Samsung application processors support all major types of memory used today, such as mDDR (mobile DDR) and LPDDR (Low Power DDR), as well as the latest and newest memory technologies, such as moviNAND.
  • Integrated, on-chip peripherals: Samsung application processors include an array of several standard peripherals on the chip, eliminating the need for external interfaces, saving design costs and time. Examples of integrated peripherals include a 24-bit true color LCD controller, AC-97 audio codec, IrDA codec, and USB 2.0 OTG controller.
  • Extensive software support: Samsung application processors come with a comprehensive suite of software solutions, such as Board Support Packages (BSPs), which reduce software and firmware development costs and time for the final product. Additionally, these packages also make it easy to port applications developed for one family of Samsung processors (such as those based on the ARM 9 series) to another family (such as the Cortex A9 series processors).

Mobile DRAM

Enable outstanding user experiences

Today's tablets rely on bright, vivid displays and exceptional responsiveness for the ultimate user experience. Samsung Mobile DRAM solutions are designed to deliver the performance to bring full, high-definition viewing to virtually any mobile device and provide the memory density to support demanding applications and multitasking capabilities.

Leverage multiple options for tablet design

Samsung Mobile DRAM solutions offer designers choices in packaging and densities for a wide variety of options. Choose from our low-power DDR2 (LPDDR2) or LPDDR3 mobile memory solutions for the optimal combination of performance and footprint.

The following block diagram illustrates the architecture of a typical tablet.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

MCP

MCP, or multi-chip package, is not a type of memory, but rather a form of packaging memory chips to reduce the area they occupy and increase their available densities (per chip). A mobile computing device, such as a tablet PC, may use a combination of several memory types, such as NAND flash, mobile SDRAM, and mobile DDR SDRAM. MCP introduces the concept of unifying multiple types of memory chips onto a single substrate, enabling the rest of the device modules to view the memory subsection as a single, unified block. Within the substrate, the memory devices may be connected using a variety of techniques, such as die-to-die bonding or die-to-frame bonding. This technique significantly improves the performance of the device's memory subsection, and reduces the board space used due to the integration of several chips onto a single substrate. Samsung has a vast portfolio of MCP products for a variety of solutions, including tablet PCs.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

eMMC

The eMMC standard describes an architecture that consists of three components - an embedded storage solution with an MMC interface, a flash memory module, and a controller - all integrated in a single BGA package. eMMC capable embedded memory devices contain not only a data storage element (such as NAND flash memory), but also a controller for the storage element integrated on the same silicon die. This results in several advantages, such as reduced development time and easier integration of the memory block in the overall system. Ultimately, this leads to a much shorter time-to-market for the product. Samsung is one of the main providers of eMMC technology across the world.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

Flash Cards

Samsung Flash Cards for Tablets

With increasing advances in electronics and semiconductor technology, tablet PCs have evolved well beyond laptop computers to provide an even thinner, more lightweight portable unit with a stylus-based touch screen as its main input device. Flash memory is a key component of successful tablet designs. Samsung flash cards are available in a variety of types, capacities and form factors.

Work with the leader in flash memory technology

Tablet PCs are equipped with a multitude of volatile and nonvolatile data storage solutions. Volatile memory includes Mobile DRAM, also known as low-power Double Data Rate (LPDDR) RAM, while nonvolatile memory includes flash cards used to expand available storage capacity. Samsung is a leader in flash memory technology and a primary supplier of flash card-based storage solutions for tablet PCs.

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In addition to flash cards, Samsung provides solutions for tablet PCs across a broad range of component segments. The following block diagram shows the internal configuration of a typical tablet PC. Blue-shaded blocks represent components offered by Samsung. Click on a block and information about that component will appear below the diagram.

Display Driver IC

Since display is one of the most important output devices in a mobile phone, it is vital that the performance and quality of the phone's display subsystem remain above a certain minimum threshold at all times for a good user experience. In a typical mobile phone, the display driver IC (DDI) is mapped to the phone's application processor and it controls the device's LCD display. While entry-level mobile phones have display resolutions as low as 128 x 160 pixels, some of the latest and most advanced handsets have displays with resolutions as high as 800 x 480 pixels.

Samsung is one of the main innovators of LCD and LED display technology (including the latest touchscreen technologies), and has been at the forefront of providing the most advanced DDI solutions for mobile phones. Samsung provides DDI solutions for displays of varying resolutions.

CMOS Image Sensor

Like smartphones, tablets now allow consumers to take high-resolution snapshots and videos and enjoy a crisp, clear videoconferencing experience that brings them closer to friends and family. Samsung CMOS image sensor (CIS) solutions enable designers to stay on the leading edge of mobile device design.

Ultra-sharp, ultra-clear images

Samsung CIS solutions offer high resolutions popular in tablets to help ensure tack-sharp images that capture fine detail and textures. Samsung's proprietary Back Side Illumination (BSI) technology enables increased pixel sensitivity to produce bright, low-noise pictures and video in a variety of lighting conditions.

Fast frame rates

Samsung's fast sensors deliver FHD/ HD, full field-of-view video for outstanding videoconferencing experiences that capture every nuance of facial expression. The Samsung sensors also provide heightened responsiveness that enables users to take still pictures as quickly as pushing the button.

Low power

Samsung CIS solutions use the latest process technologies as well as optimized sensor architectures for low-power operation that allows consumers to capture photos and without worrying about draining the battery.

Thin design

To enable the thinnest possible tablets with high resolution, Samsung CIS solutions use small pixels that leverage advanced processes and architectures to maintain sensitivity. The Samsung solutions enable slim camera design with excellent photo quality.

Work with a leader in mobile technology

Samsung is a leader in high-quality components for today's mobile devices. Our CIS solutions encompass a comprehensive range of features that tablets require: high speed, low power consumption, and compact size.

PMIC

As shown in Figure 1, a power management IC (PMIC) is present in a tablet PC to reduce the device's power consumption when it is idle (for example, when the device is waiting for user input). The PMIC switches the device into and out of a Standby Mode, and is controlled directly by the tablet's application processor. The PMIC also performs functions, such as charging the battery, monitoring battery levels, and sending interrupts (alerts) to the application processor when the battery level falls to critically low values. Efficient PMICs not only offer extended durations of usage to the tablet's user, but also maximize the life of the rechargeable battery used in the device.

Samsung has an array of power management solutions for devices across all segments of the tablet PC market. Samsung's efficient power management devices are deployed in the most advanced tablet PCs and smartphones in use today.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

NFC

The latest tablet PCs are equipped with an advanced feature, known as near-field communication (NFC). NFC is a technology that allows wireless connection and data transfer between two devices in close physical proximity to each other (usually, a few centimeters). Although NFC has been implemented mainly in mobile phones to enable mobile handsets to act as payment gateways, e-tickets, and let mobile devices act as electronic identity cards (such as a medical ID card), tablet PCs are also increasingly adopting this technology, which promises to bring about several revolutionary features of convenience for the user.

Samsung has several NFC solutions to offer, including the latest NFC chips that support data encryption, and contain high-density flash memory that provides sufficient capacity to store several details about the user. Samsung is the preferred supplier of NFC chips to OEMs and designers worldwide.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

SIM Card

A wide variety of tablet PCs now support SIM cards, generally used in a typical mobile phone. The SIM card is used in a tablet to provide advanced data and communication features to users, such as 3G/4G-based services using connectivity provided by their cellular operators.

Samsung is a key developer of next-generation SIM card technology. The latest SIM cards introduced by Samsung have advanced features, such as high-density storage (flash), single-wire protocol (SWP) compliance, and data encryption that provides increased security of the stored data for the user. Other capabilities built into Samsung SIM cards offer important and convenient advantages to the user, such as allowing the card to be used for secure authentication. All of these features, when bundled with the mobility and portability of a tablet PC, promise to bring about a wealth of convenient services for users.

Build on state-of-the-art memory

A leading provider of DRAM including 20nm-class and 30nm-class solutions, Samsung provides the latest technology to meet exacting design requirements. Samsung Mobile DRAM technology is designed to deliver significant power savings compared to DDR3L, while heightening performance for your tablet designs.

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