Qualcomm processors extend battery life for wearables

Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 and Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 platforms developed by Qualcomm extend battery life in wearable devices, said the company.

They are designed for low power operation in connected wearable devices with a focus on extended battery life and sleek designs. Manufacturers can scale, differentiate and develop products faster using these platforms, confirmed Qualcomm. Enhancements to the Snapdragon W5+ include 50 per cent lower power, two times higher performance and 30 per cent reduction in size. This allows wearable device manufacturers to differentiate their products.

Based on the hybrid architecture, the purpose-built platform is comprised of a 4nm-based SoC and 22nm-based integrated, always on co-processor. It incorporates innovations such as a low power Bluetooth 5.3 architecture, low power islands for Wi-Fi, GNSS and audio and low power states such as deep sleep and hibernate.

Pankaj Kedia, senior director, product marketing and global head of Smart Wearables, at Qualcomm Technologies, said that both the Snapdragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 are purpose-built for next generation wearables, in particular the “most pressing consumer needs” by delivering low power, breakthrough performance and highly integrated packaging, he said. 

Qualcomm has partnered with customers Oppo and Mobvoi, both of whom have announced designs based on the platforms.

Oppo launched the Oppo Watch 3 series which will be the first smartwatch powered by Snapdragon W5 wearable platform.

Mobvoi has launched a series of TicWatch smartwatches based on the Snapdragon W5+ Wearable platform and has worked closely with the Qualcomm Technologies’ team to introduce innovations in the next generation of TicWatch smartwatches.

Qualcomm Technologies also announced two reference designs from Compal and Pegatron, which showcase the capabilities of the platform and collaboration with ecosystem partners, helping customers develop products faster. 

Qualcomm’s technologies bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the IoT and computing.


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