Qualcomm unveils a new chipset for wearables, promises better battery life
As promised by Qualcomm earlier this year, there is a new chipset specifically designed for wearables with the claim of better battery life.
To fulfill that, Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon Wear 3100, the successor to the Snapdragon Wear 2100 which was released in 2016. The platform processor's architecture is made up of high-performance quad-core A7 processing cores, an efficient integrated DSP and a lower power co-processor.
The key feature of the Wear 3100 is improving the chip's power consumption and that of the device running it for a longer battery uptime - Qualcomm claims to provide 4 to 12 more hours of usage! To translate that to reality, Qualcomm also says that a Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered smartwatch with a 450mAh battery can last up to 15 hours with GPS and 24/7 heart rate monitoring.
Another important feature is the Qualcomm QCC1110 co-processor, which is optimized for ultra-low power operation and functions as a competent companion to the main processor. It has a 'deep learning engine' for custom workloads such as keyword detection.
The platform's increased processing prowess and dedicated co-processors enable it to deliver new experiences to Google's Wear OS based smartwatches:-
- Enhanced Ambient Mode - Delivers a fashionable watch by supporting a smooth second hand, up to 16 colors, live complications, and improved brightness.
- Dedicated Sports Experiences - Designed to allow active users to pursue extreme sports for long durations, with GPS and heart rate monitoring turned on throughout.
- Traditional Watch Mode - Allow consumers to enjoy their beautiful watch for extended periods of time.
Other specs include support for non-cellular and cellular data connectivity, with download speeds of up to 1Gbps and uploads of up to 150Mbps.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is in mass production and ships today. Retail partners include Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton and Montblanc.