It’s been well over 2 years since Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 Platform for smartwatches was released. As a result, it has often been seen as a limitation in recently released Android smartwatches as they’re running on an SoC that’s, well, ancient in terms of technology. That changed today as Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform for smartwatches which is based on a new ultra-low power system architecture that promises extended battery life, among other upgrades.
“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,” said 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. We are delighted to announce Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc as our first Snapdragon Wear 3100 customers.”Qualcomm Press Release
The new Snapdragon Wear 3100 utilizes high-performance quad core A7 processors and a highly efficenet integrated DSP in conjunction with a new “ultra-low power co-processor” dubbed the Qualcomm QCC1110. Optimized for ultra-low power operation, the QCC1110 works hand in hand with the new wearable power management sub-system to deliver more interaction, personalized experiences, and, of course, longer battery life.
(a) Rich Interactive Mode
Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform serves as a strong, proven foundation for rich interactions by helping to deliver high performance, superior connectivity, smart sensing, and compelling features.
(b) New Personalized Experiences
Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, based on the new ultra-low power system architecture, is being used to help bring new personalized experiences to
nextgeneration Wear OS by Google based smartwatches. Three such personalized experiences include the Enhanced Ambient Mode, Dedicated Sports Experiences, and Traditional Watch Mode.
(c) Support for Extended Battery Life
Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform is designed to help reduce power usage and bring increased flexibility for consumers to experience the benefits of extended battery life. The new platform is designed to help reduce power usage in areas such as low power modes, GPS/location batching, per minute/second clock updates, sensors processing, MP3 playback, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth voice queries.
Working closely with Google, new smartwatches utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform are being developed by the Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc. While the Fossil Group hasn’t announced any specific models, the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon and Montblanc Summit 2 are expected to be two of the first Android smartwatches to featured the new chipset.
Full technical specifications of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform can be seen on the Qualcomm website.
Last Updated on September 10, 2018.