Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon Wear for wearable platforms and Snapdragon 2100Soc (System on chip) for next generation wearable devices, the Snapdragon 2100Soc will be available in two versions-the one with Bluetooth and WiFi while the other with LTE, 3G. Qualcomm has partnered with LG for the 2100Soc and in this partnership, they will be launching new wearable and smartwatches later this year. Let’s get into the specifics about the new Soc from Qualcomm.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100Soc bring in two significant changes over the earlier Snapdragon 400, those are the reduction in size and increase in the power efficiency. Qualcomm says that 2100Soc is 30% smaller in size when compared to the Snapdragon 400 which is a good thing for OEM’s as they can take advantage and bring in sleek and thinner smartwatches. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100Soc is 25% power efficient thus consuming less power resulting in an increase of battery life, and this is the case on both Tethered and Connected versions. The all new Snapdragon 2100Soc comes with next-gen LTE modem with integrated GNSS and low power WiFi and Bluetooth.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 is based on ARM Cortex A7 Quad-Core chip clocked at 1.2GHz and Adreno 304 GPU. X5 LTE modem with LTE FDD and TDD, WCDMA, CDMA, GSM/EDGE support, WiFi 802.11n only the 2.4GHz band, NFC, low-power Bluetooth 4.1, and USB 2.0. The Snapdragon 2100Soc supports up to 640×480 display at 60fps which is a significant improvement over the Snapdragon 400. LPDDR3 memory and eMMC 4.5 for the memory department. It also has support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear is not just limited to smartwatches, but it can also be used on trackers, sports watches, connected headsets.
Raj Talluri, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said:
With the introduction of the Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, Qualcomm Technologies is well-positioned to extend its progress in wearables technology by enabling sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always- connected experiences in the next generation of wearable devices. These benefits are expected to have widespread appeal across the mobile, fashion and sports ecosystems in the wearables space.