Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms for wearables

Qualcomm has unveiled the new Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms, Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100 designed for the next generation of connected smartwatches. These are based on our ultra-low-power hybrid architecture.

Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture includes:

In short, the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is a large processor with the small co-processor and the Wear 4100 is simply a large processor.

Qualcomm says the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ architecture is designed to deliver significant improvements in performance, connectivity, smartness and power. The main highlights of the platforms are:

Super fast performance and connectivity: The SoC consists of quad-core A53 processors, Qualcomm Adreno 504-class graphics processing, faster LPDDR3 memory (750 MHz) and dual ISPs with support for up to 16 megapixel cameras. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ is designed to deliver over 85% faster performance compared to Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform, enhancing the overall user experience with faster app launches, simultaneous usage scenarios, smoother and more responsive UX and richer photos. and video experiences.

The 4G LTE mode, based on 12nm process technology, has been significantly improved over our previous platform with a dedicated DSP, energy efficient features such as eDRX, platform level power management, support for Cat 4/3/1 and single / dual antennas.

Smarter Always-On (AON) coprocessor: Improved AON coprocessor supports rich offloaded experiences. We've partitioned memory and performance to enable up to 64K colors (of 16 colors) and extend offload experiences with continuous heart rate monitoring and sleep for health and wellbeing, faster tilt-to-respond, step counting, alarms, timers and haptics for better traditional watch mode.

Ultra-low power platform: Low power optimizations include 12nm low-power process technology, dual DSPs for optimal workload distribution, support for dynamic clock and voltage scaling, Qualcomm Sensor Assisted Positioning PDR Wearables 2.0, support for low-power location tracking and improved Bluetooth 5.0 architecture. These enhancements are designed to deliver over 25% power reduction in all major use cases and to extend battery life to the platform (compared to the previous platforms).

Richer, Improved Experiences: The hybrid platform approach offers rich, enhanced experiences in interactive, ambient, sports and viewing modes. In interactive mode, the platform supports additional immersive experiences with camera, voice assistant and voice / video messages. Furthermore, in an ambient way, the increase in the number of colors from 16 to 64K and the addition of numbers is designed to sharpen readability and offers more exciting design options. In sports mode, offloaded maps enhance the on-the-run experience. Traditional watch mode includes functions such as heart rate, steps, alarms, reminders and battery indicator, with minimal impact on performance or battery life.

Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform

Pictures and animations are now more dynamic. It comes with enhanced camera, video calling and more. The company says the transition from Ambient mode to normal mode will be seamless.

Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform SKUs and Availability

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms come in two varieties:

The Snapdragon Wear 4100 platforms support both the Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) and the Wear OS by Google OS platform. Snapdragon Wear 4100+ and Snapdragon Wear 4100 are now available and shipping.

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