Wear Snapdragon 2100: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 abandons the connected watches

Qualcomm has just unveils Snapdragon SoC Wear 2100 to connected objects, and more particularly connected watches. So just replace the aging Snapdragon 400 that was not suitable for this type of product. In the program, a smaller size and lower power consumption.

Article updated on 11/02/2016 at 15:15 with the technical information

Currently the vast majority of watches under Android Wear features a Snapdragon 400, with the exception of the Motorola Moto 360 which has a Texas Instrument OMAP SoC. Both chips have not at all been designed to be integrated in connected watches. The size and consumption are not necessarily appropriate. To replace the Snapdragon 400 in connected watches, Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Wear 2100, and the Snapdragon platform Wear. The latter will facilitate the design of watches connected by OEM, without having to create a custom PCB.

A smaller and less greedy chip

Snapdragon 2100 Wear integrates four Cortex-A7 cores running between 800 and 1200 MHz LPDDR3 assisted by the 400 MHz of the 4.5 eMMC for storage and an Adreno 304 as a GPU that is limited to the support of a definition 640 x 480 pixels for displays. The chip is 30% smaller than the Snapdragon 400 to allow finer development of shows and it consumes 25% less energy for greater autonomy. The chip also integrates a hub of ultra-low power sensors that could provide more details on the sensor face a Snapdragon 400, at least if the software part follows. Snapdragon 2100 Wear integrate GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and 4G modem (Snapdragon X5) with very low power to maintain connectivity throughout the day.

LG already on the deck

The chip is available in two versions: with or without modem, using the same design, to enable manufacturers to easily offer and cost two different versions of their watches with or without 4G connectivity. The SoC supports Android and Android Wear, and is available today for manufacturers. LG took the opportunity to announce that new connected watches incorporating a Snapdragon Wear 2100 are scheduled to arrive during the year.