Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Qualcomm targets processor at wearables segment

Steve Rogerson
June 14, 2016
 
At this month’s Computex in Taipei, Qualcomm Technologies introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor for targeted-purpose wearables segments such as connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets, and wearable accessories. The Wear 1100 processor complements the Wear 2100, which was designed for multi-purpose wearables.
 
The Wear 1100 is designed for the next generation of targeted-purpose wearable segments where consumers are demanding a smaller size, longer battery life, smarter sensing, secure location and an always connected experience. This processor meets these requirements with low power features such as power save mode, compact packages and Cat 1 modem with LTE and 3G global band support.
 
An integrated applications processor is for Linux-based applications and scales to work with voice, Wifi and Bluetooth, thus supporting a seamlessly connected experience. Additionally, it incorporates the company’s iZat integrated location engine to improve accuracy and power optimisation through such features as multi-GNSS, cell-ID positioning, and ability to support applications that use geo-fencing for safety monitoring.
 
Integrated in the chipset are the hardware cryptographic engine, HW random number generator, and TrustZone, which supports a secure environment for consumers.
 
The processor is commercially available and shipping today.
 
"We are excited to have established a technology leadership position in the highly innovative wearables ecosystem, where the breadth of products and our connectivity, location and compute solutions bring differentiation to our customers," said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager for IoT at Qualcomm Technologies. "We are delighted to add Snapdragon Wear 1100 to our Snapdragon Wear family, thus making it easier for customers to develop connected wearables with targeted use cases such as kid and elderly tracking. We are actively working with the broader ecosystem to accelerate wearables innovation and are excited to announce a series of customer collaborations today."
 
Qualcomm also announced collaborations with Aricent, Borqs, Infomark and SurfaceInk, which showed reference platforms based on Wear 2100 and 1100. These platforms represent reference implementations targeting the kid and elderly watch segment and enable OEMs to commercialise in an accelerated fashion.
 
"Aricent is thrilled to collaborate with Qualcomm and take the Snapdragon 1100 SoC into the consumer wearables segment from gameplay, wellness and safety," said Walid Negm, chief technology officer at Aricent. "Combining the Aricent Adapt wearable platform with Frog's design and strategy services allows us to accelerate the creation of unique experiences that children and caretakers will enjoy. By wrapping the Snapdragon Wear 1100 with a rich set of modular capabilities such as 3G and LTE, gesture control, and interactive apps we enable companies to seize opportunities at the best price and performance."
 
Borqs has invested in IoT for smart connected wearables with tailored products for kids, elderly, enterprise and youth.
 
George Thangadurai, senior vice president of international business at Borqs, said: "We are pleased that our close collaboration with Qualcomm as a Snapdragon Wear platform ecosystem provider has resulted in ready to commercialise innovative reference designs exploiting the leadership features of Qualcomm Technologies' SoCs. Borqs is delighted that we could accelerate the launch of different wearables from our global OEM partners."
 
Since SK Telecom's launch of Infomark's first generation Joon Kid's Watch in 2014, the company has created a trend in Korea for parents to equip their kids with the Joon watch.
 
"The Joon series of watches provides parents a means for locating and connecting with their child while minimising the distraction and addiction from smartphones,” said Choi Hyuk, chief executive officer at Infomark. “With the adoption of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 in our design, we will launch our third generation Joon watch for SK Telecom in the second half of 2016, and further expand our market to North and South America, Europe and other continents."
 
Eric Bauswell, founder and chief executive officer of SurfaceInk, added: "We are excited to team up with Qualcomm as a Snapdragon Wear platform ecosystem provider, delivering reference designs that will give our customers a head start on their product development. Our work together on WeBandz is just the tip of the iceberg, and we look forward to future products and innovation that will result from this collaboration."
 
In addition to the platform announcements, a number of OEMs launched connected kid watches at the event:

  • Anda Technologies announced plans to launch its kid watch, based on the Borqs reference design, for the Latin America region. "As a father of two young children, I conceived the original idea of creating a symbol-based communications product out of my own need to stay emotionally connected to them throughout the day," said Jose Delmar, chief executive officer at Anda Technologies. "Our Android-based connected wearable, based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, offers a plethora of unique functions, innovative design, and top of the line materials, making it unlike any other children's wearable product available in the marketplace."
  • InWatch announced two kid watch SKUs, one for boys and one for girls, based on the Borqs reference design, specifically for the China region. "The always-on low power consumption and small size of the Snapdragon Wear 2100 greatly increase the reliability and enhanced the design of in919," said Neo Wang, chief executive officer of InWatch. "Children's watches have two fundamental but important functions – good communications and secure location – and Qualcomm Technologies' ecosystem support for the Snapdragon Wear 2100 significantly enhances these two core performances of in919."
  • WeBandz showed its smart tracking modular device, based on the SurfaceInk design, which can be customised for the kid, elderly and pet segments in the USA. "It's clear to see where the wearables market is headed," said Ryan Shapiro, founder of WeBandz. "We are fortunate not only to have our hands on the best technology available for wearable tracking, but especially to be working with a great group of people within Qualcomm who share our vision for the future of wearables."
Qualcomm recently announced that more than 100 wearables products are now available with the company’s processors. Product families such as the Wear 2100, CSR102x Bluetooth Smart 4.2 SoC and SirfStar location are now incorporated in products across the range of smart eyewear, smart watches, smart bands, smart headsets and smart accessories.