Qualcomm launched the next generation Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform for smartwatches. The platform is based on a new ultra-low power system architecture designed to deliver a rich interactive mode, new personalized experiences, and extended battery life.
In this new architecture, based on a hierarchical system architecture approach, the high-performance quad-core A7 processors, the highly efficient integrated DSP, and a new ultra-low power co-processor work in conjunction with each other while supporting extended battery life.
The new coprocessor, the Qualcomm QCC1110, has been designed from the ground up and is at the heart of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. It is said to be incredibly small at ~21mm2, is optimised for ultra-low power operation, and acts as a powerful companion to the main processor, re-defining audio, display, and sensor experiences for next-generation smartwatches. The coprocessor also integrates a deep learning engine for custom workloads, such as keyword detection, and is extensible over time.
Additionally, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform includes a new wearable power management sub-system (PMW3100) to support lower power and higher integration, brings in a new DSP framework to support next-generation sensor processing in an open execution environment, and implements a new dual-display architecture to support the hierarchical approach. The 4G LTE modem, proven in mobile applications is paired with new high-performance Gallium Arsenide power amplifiers, which helps to increase power efficiency in smartwatches.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, in conjunction with the latest from Wear OS by Google, is designed to deliver a rich interactive mode, new personalized experiences, and support for extended battery life.