18 September 2018
Qualcomm has unveiled a new chipset Snapdragon Wear 3100 which is specifically meant for wearables. It comes with a completely redesigned chipset architecture which has been done by keeping smartwatch usage in mind. It features a new "ultra-low power system architecture" which is said to offer better performance and long-lasting battery backup.
The basic architecture of Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor comprises of four A7 cores which are high-performance cores. It further as one Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and a co-processor QCC1110. This last chipset is said to be quite tiny in size and is meant for handling low-energy tasks and background tasks like ambient display and watch sensors.
Qualcomm opted for this new co-processor as it says that users interact with their smartwatches far less than they do with their smartphones. A smartwatch works most of the tasks in the background when it is just there on the wrist. Such tasks include GPS tracking, steps count, calories burnt, speed calculation, and heart rate tracking. This is why it did not make sense for the team to use a high-power chipset for such tasks.
Other than this, the team is introducing three new modes which would kick in depending on a particular situation to deliver the best possible performance. The first is one is the enhanced-ambiance mode which is said to show a moving seconds hand similar to traditional watches. It further offers improved brightness and support for 14 colors along with complications that will be able to show more useful and real-0time information instead of just the static information.
The next is the traditional-watch mode which is meant to help you get the most out of your smartwatch's battery life. As the name suggests, it will shut down all the "smart" functions and will simply show the time. While it can be enabled anytime a user wants, it will be most useful when the battery is running low. Qualcomm said it can help the wearable last for an extra one week when the battery is at 20% level.
As for the last mode, it is aimed at sports edition wearable as it will allow battery back up to last for about 14 hours even with the continuous use of GPS and heart-rate tracking. Among these three modes, it is the only one which will not be available right on the day of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 launch. It will be released in the future.
Qualcomm has said that fashion brands Louis Vuitton, Fossil, and Montblanc will be the first ones to release smartwatches powered by Snapdragon Wear 2011. While Google did collaborate with Qualcomm over the new processor, it will not be releasing any new smartwatch in the near future.