Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 is one of the most popular choices among manufacturers in the chipset, Snapdragon’s Wear 3100 is coming soon.
“Fundamentally, the [new chipset] is different in that it is designed for how we use smartwatches,” Pankaj Kedia, Director @ Qualcomm, India said. “It’s very different from how you use your phone. You won’t turn off your smartwatch at night – it will be at your service 24 hours a day, always sensing and monitoring your sleep patterns. Today’s architecture is not for that.”
To this end, the company’s engineers combined Snapdragon Wear 3100 with four A7 cores and two secondary chips – a digital signal processor (DSP) and an ultra-low-power coprocessor (QCC1110) – Qualcomm called it “size – Tiny “arrangement. The “big” A7 core handles intensive, complex tasks such as switching between applications, while “small” and “small” DSPs and coprocessors perform sensor fusion and other background chores.
Coprocessors – as well as DSP and A7 cores – drive three smart watch modes of operation designed to extend battery life. The enhanced environment mode displays a basic surface UI of up to 16 colors, with a smooth animated second hand, on-site complication and ambient brightness. The traditional watch mode eliminates the bells and whistles that benefit the basic analog surface. Kedia said that the dedicated sports mode – not yet released at the time of launch, but will be launched with the sports original equipment manufacturers – can achieve core functions such as heart rate and GPS tracking, but nothing else.
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