Qualcomm has just announced a processor designed specially for wearables – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 Wear. Not only is it smaller, it also performs faster and more efficiently than any of Qualcomm’s previous wearable processors.
The Snapdragon 2100 Wear comes in two different versions – tethered and connected. In the tethered version, the processor uses standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules; while, the connected version adds Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities with the addition of the company’s next generation LTE modem (Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE Modem). This allows users stream music, make calls, send text messages directly from their wearable.
Another prominent feature in the Snapdragon 2100 Wear is the fact that it’s 30% smaller than previous-generation Qualcomm wearable processors. Not only will the processor allow engineers to design smaller and thinner wearables, it also uses 25% less power to extend the wearable’s battery life.
Apart from that, the Snapdragon Wear 2100 platform comes with a plethora of silicon, software, and support tools for developers. Qualcomm has also made some ODM designs available as reference for developers to hasten the design process.
There are already several wearables being developed that are running on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 2100 Wear processor. These smartwatches are expected to be sold from Q3 of 2016 onwards. To learn more about the processor, click here.
(Source: Qualcomm Snapdragon Blog)