LG to launch smartwatches, wearable devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC

NEW DELHI: LG said that it is looking to extend its collaboration with Qualcomm with the launch of new smartwatches and other wearable devices based on Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip (SoC) for consumers later this year.

“LG and Qualcomm Technologies have led the wearable technology space with close collaboration over the last two years and have launched multiple smartwatches and kid watches,” David Yoon, vice president, wearables, LG Electronics, said in a statement.

Chipmaker Qualcomm just introduced Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear, a new platform for next generation wearable devices, along with the Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-chip (SoC), the first in a new product family designed to bring new and enhanced wearable experiences to consumers.

“With the introduction of the Snapdragon Wear platform and Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, Qualcomm Technologies is well-positioned to extend its progress in wearables technology by enabling sleek designs, long battery life, smart sensing, and always- connected experiences in the next generation of wearable devices. These benefits are expected to have widespread appeal across the mobile, fashion and sports ecosystems in the wearables space,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Utilizing Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in connectivity and compute, the Snapdragon Wear platform consists of a full suite of silicon, software, support tools, and reference designs to allow mobile, fashion, and sports customers to bring a diverse range of full-featured wearables to customers quickly.

Snapdragon Wear 2100 is available in both tethered (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) and connected (4G/LTE and 3G) versions.

Snapdragon Wear 2100 supports both Android Wear, and Android and is targeted for next generation connected and tethered smartwatches, kid and elderly watches, smart bands, and smart eyewear and smart headset segments.

30 percent smaller than the popular Snapdragon 400, Snapdragon Wear 2100 can help enable new, thinner, sleeker designs. It consumes 25 percent lower power than the Snapdragon 400 across both tethered and connected use cases, allowing for longer day of use battery life.

With an integrated, ultra-low power sensor hub, Snapdragon Wear 2100 enables richer algorithms with greater accuracy than the Snapdragon 400. It also comes with next-generation LTE modem with integrated GNSS, along with low power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Qualcomm said that customers can develop both tethered and connected SKUs using the same PCB design, thus reducing development costs.

Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon processors already power the majority of Android Wear smartwatches. Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies announced that its technologies are used in 65 wearable devices across 30 countries with 50 more expected to launch later this year.

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