New Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear platform enables next-gen wearables
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform is based on a new ultra-low-power hierarchical system architecture approach designed to deliver a rich interactive mode, new personalized experiences, and extended battery life, the company says. The architecture features high-performance quad core A7 processors, a highly efficient integrated DSP, and a new ultra-low-power co-processor working in conjunction to “help customers re-imagine new smartwatch experiences” while supporting extended battery life.
The new capabilities, says the company, are designed to allow consumers to enjoy the beauty of a fashion watch with the power of a smartwatch, the battery life of a sports watch with the richness of a smartwatch, and the utility of an analog watch with the flexibility of a smartwatch.
“Qualcomm Technologies has played a critical role in the evolution of the smartwatch segment and our customers are currently shipping more than 100 Wear OS by Google smartwatches with 25 brands globally based on our existing platforms,” says Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice, music and wearables, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. “With the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, we envisioned a new ultra-low-power system architecture and in collaboration with the latest from the Wear OS by Google team, to help deliver a rich interactive mode, bring in new personalized experiences and support extended battery life for tomorrow’s smartwatches.”
The platform’s new co-processor – the Qualcomm QCC1110 – was designed from the ground up, says the company, and is at the heart of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. It is approximately 21 mm2 in size, is optimized for ultra-low-power operation, and integrates a deep learning engine for custom workloads, such as keyword detection, and is extensible over time.
The platform also includes a new wearable power management sub-system – the PMW3100 – to support lower power and higher integration, brings in a new DSP framework to support next-generation sensor processing in an open execution environment, and implements a new dual display architecture to support the hierarchical approach. A 4G LTE modem is paired with new high-performance gallium arsenide (GaAs) power amplifiers, which helps to increase power efficiency in smartwatches.
The official launch of the new platform, at an event in San Francisco, was supported by Google, who discussed the evolution of the Wear OS by Google software platform. In addition to the platform announcement, Qualcomm announced that Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc are its first Snapdragon Wear 3100 customers.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform is available in three variants targeting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi tethered smartwatches, GPS-based tethered smartwatches, and 4G LTE connected smartwatches. The platform is in mass production and shipping today.