The popularity of wearable devices has surged at unimaginable magnitude in last couple of years. Keeping in mind the same, US chip maker Qualcomm has announced a new chip designed for specific purpose wearables. The chip called Snapdragon Wear 1100 focusses on certain audiences such as kids and elder people.
Snapdragon Wear 1100 was unveiled at the ongoing Computex conference in Taipai. It will be used in kids smartwatches, elder fitness trackers, location trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories.
Wear 1100 follows another wearable focused chipset by Qualcomm called Wear 2100 which was launched a few months back. Wear 2100 was focussed on more general purpose wearables and multi-purpose smartwatches.
Talking about the targeted use case of Wear 1100, Pankaj Kedia, senior director and business lead of smart wearables at Qualcomm said,
Snapdragon Wear 1100 is targeting purpose-built wearables, or those that are designed only around a few usage cases. These kinds of products do two to five things really well. They run a more targeted software environment, like Linux. The whole user experience is much more targeted around these use cases. They still require low power, high integration, small size, and a good connected experience.
Qualcomm has designed Wear 1100 for efficiency rather than power. It comes with a Power Saver Mode with integrated LTE/3G modem. It also supports WiFi and Bluetooth functionality along with an app processor for Linux-based apps.
Wear 1100 is powered by Qualcomm’s iZat location tracking technology which uses multi-GNSS (satellite), geofencing, and cell-ID positioning for superior location tracking functionality.
It can also handle voice commands and has hardware cryptographic engine, HW random number generator, and TrustZone integrated with the chipset. This allows a highly secure environment for consumers.
Qualcomm also announced that its chips are now being used in more than 100 wearable products. It also claims to have 80 percent market share in devices based on Android Wear software.
Wearable devices have shown an explosive growth in just last one year. According to International Data Corporation(IDC), worldwide shipments of wearable devices grew by 171.6% in 2015 over 2014 as vendors shipped a total of 78.1 million devices last year compared to 28.8 million in 2014.