Qualcomm Pushes Further Into Wearable Space With New SoC
The chip maker at Computex rolled out the Snapdragon Wear 1100 chip, the latest addition to its wearables platform that was introduced in February.Qualcomm is expanding its presence in the increasingly competitive market for chips aimed at the wearable device space, adding a new processor to its portfolio and highlighting the growing number of products being powered by its technologies. At the recent Computex 2016 show in Taipei, Taiwan, Qualcomm officials introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1100 system on a chip (SoC), which is aimed at such targeted-purpose segments as connected watches for kids and the elderly, fitness trackers, smart headsets and wearable accessories. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 becomes part of Qualcomm's growing lineup of wearable technologies, including the Snapdragon Wear platform and 2100 SoC announced in February. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 will complement the 2100, which officials said is more for "multi-purpose" wearables. The new SoC will make it "easier for customers to develop connected wearables with targeted use cases such as kid and elderly tracking," Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm's Internet of things (IoT) business, said in a statement. "We are actively working with the broader ecosystem to accelerate wearables innovation and are excited to announce a series of customer collaborations today." Qualcomm is the world's largest vendor of low-power chips for mobile devices. However, with the tablet market shrinking and sales of smartphones slowing, the company has aggressively moved to expanding into such emerging markets as wearables, the IoT and connected cars. Gartner analysts expect that 274.6 million wearable devices will be sold worldwide this year, generating $287.7 billion in revenue. About $11.5 billion of that will come from smartwatches. IDC analysts say the number of wearable devices shipping this will jump 44.4 percent over 2015, to 111.1 million devices. By 2019, shipments will hit 214.6 million units, they said.
Qualcomm officials initially promoted the Snapdragon 400 for wearable devices, but noted that the Snapdragon Wear 2100 is 30 percent smaller and provides 25 percent lower power consumption than the 400.