Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

Qualcomm Unveils New Snapdragon Wear 1100 Processor For Wearables

Qualcomm revealed the new Snapdragon Wear 1100 chips At the ongoing Computex trade show in Taiwan. Instead of wristband or a smartwatches that does it all, the Wear 1100 will be likely be used in simpler devices such as fitness trackers.

It’s good to see Qualcomm targeting its technology at specific use cases and types of wearables, rather than relying on a one size fits all processor. Despite Intel efforts, the Qualcomm has powered more high profile smartwatches and with this move, it is recognising a future beyond this one category. Interestingly, at Computex, ARM was focused on mobile VR performance.

Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 1100

Qualcomm explained that the Snapdragon Wear 1100 chip focuses on the basics, ensuring long battery life, secure location, smarter sensing and an ‘always-connected’ experience, all while ensuring that wearable devices are as small as can be.

The Snapdragon Wear 1100 prioritizes compact size and power efficiency though offering LTE and 3G connectivity, and can also work alongside Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and voice commands. Qualcomm’s iZat location engine employs the multi-GNSS, and cell-ID positioning with geo-fencing for devices that need to continually relay on their locality. Companies including inWatch, Anda Technologies, and WeBandz are announcing kids’ watches that is use the Snapdragon Wear 1100; the SoC is commercially available.

The Snapdragon Wear 1100 chipset supports Power Save Mode and an application processor for the ‘Linux-based applications.’ Qualcomm does not list the exact processor and by the sound of it, this does not target Android Wear.

It’s available to tech companies now so we should see the first Wear 1100 powered wearables soon. In fact a bunch of new smartwatches for kids from Anda Technologies, WeBandz and inWatch have already been announced. We will have the details if and when more devices are launched.