Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon Wear 2100, a next-gen chip for wearables

Rob Attrell

February 11, 2016 2:57pm

Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon Wear 2100, its next generation mobile processor for use in wearable devices. The chip is 30 percent smaller than its predecessors, and uses 25 percent less power. The company will ship two different variants of the chip — connected, which includes an LTE modem, and tethered, which connects to paired device via WiFi and Bluetooth. The processing unit also includes a sensor hub that integrates with a variety of environmental sensors to provide users with information about their surroundings.

The SoC will enable devices to be thinner than in previous generations, and will include multiple designs and support tools, which will help make chip adaptable to several different configurations. Qualcomm has said wearables powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 are already in development, though it’s unclear when we can expect those devices to hit the market.

  • Mo Dabbas

    Good step. Most are using the SD400 which is designed for phones. Having a SoC designed for wearables is a good move to get better performance and battery life from these watches (which do need better performance and better battery life).

  • ChrisPollard77

    Can’t wait to see the first reviews when devices catch up. As long as performance doesn’t suffer, all power saving, battery-extending efforts are steps in the right direction.

  • Raj Singh

    That’s awesome and I suppose inevitable that we will see faster, smaller chips that draw less power. I’m looking forward to seeing how OEMs will take advantage of that extra space.