Just earlier today, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. launched their brand new, next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform for smartwatch devices – this platform is based on a new “ultra-low power” system architecture, which is designed to “deliver a rich interactive mode, new personalized experiences, and extended battery life”. The official launch was made at an event in San Francisco and supported by Google, who also discussed the evolution of the Wear OS by Google software platform.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 features a high-performance quad-core A7 processors, an integrated DSP, and a new ultra-low power co-processor (the Qualcomm QCCC1110), which will purportedly help with battery life extension. This co-processor is apparently the core of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, and has been optimized for ultra-low power consumption, while acting as a companion to the main processor. It also has a learning engine integrated for custom workloads, including key detection.
Qualcomm put out the following statement about this new product, also citing their first Snapdragon Wear 3100 customers:
“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.”
Additional features of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 are its wearable “power management sub-system” (PMW3100) which supports lower power and higher integration, a 4G LTE modem which has been paired with Gallium Arsenide power amplifiers, and a brand-new DSP framework which supports next-generation sensor processing, as well as dual display architecture to support the hierarchical approach.
Overall, it seems the emphasis of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is on battery life and performance – Qualcomm claims that the platform allows for up to 15 hours of continuous heart rate and GPS monitoring, which is fairly significant. Most smartwatches max out at around 4 to 5 hours of battery life, so Qualcomm has definitely invested in longer battery life paired with enhanced performance all around.
Qualcomm is also promising “twice a year” updates with a focus on performance and battery improvements, and aims to release these updates alongside Wear OS updates.