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Qualcomm Announces Collaboration With Ecosystem Leaders

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc

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Partnering with ecosystem leaders for growth of wearables: Qualcomm. Flickr

US-based chip maker Qualcomm Technologies on Tuesday announced a series of collaborations with ecosystem leaders to boost the growth of wearables such as smartwatches, kid watches, and smart trackers based on the company’s Snapdragon Wear platforms.

At its 4G/5G summit here, Qualcomm said that it was working with leading original design manufacturers (ODMs) and ecosystem players, including Taipei-headquartered Compal Electronics and China-based Longcheer on smartwatches.

On 4G kid watches, Qualcomm announced partnerships with China’s Huaqin and Thundersoft. It tied up with US-based Franklin Wireless on 4G smart trackers, and with French wireless communication software provider Smartcom on 4G connected end-to-end solutions.

The ecosystem collaborations aim to support a range of customers to develop next-generation wearable devices based on the Snapdragon Wear family of platforms, including the recently announced Snapdragon Wear 3100 for Wear operating system (OS) by Google smartwatches, Snapdragon Wear 2500 for open source Android based 4G kid watches and Snapdragon Wear 1100 and 1200 for smart tracking solutions.

“We think Snapdragon Wear 3100 can change the arc of Wear OS based smartwatches because we are focused on two things — to make the smartwatches more useful and make it last longer,” Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm Technologies told reporters here.

Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company.
Qualcomm is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company. Wikimedia Commons

Snapdragon Wear 3100 is based on a new ultra-low power system architecture, designed to bring new experiences and support for extended battery life in Wear OS by Google based smartwatches.

Its first batch of customers include high-end watchmakers Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc.

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“The wearables space is an exciting and fast-growing segment. Our Snapdragon Wear family of platforms bring key innovations in low power, small size, smart sensing, and superior connectivity to help transform the industry and drive growth across smartwatch, kid watch, and smart tracking segments,” Kedia said.

“Working closely with leading ODMs and ecosystem players is essential to expand the wearables ecosystem and help our customers to bring new, innovative wearable products to consumers worldwide,” he added. (IANS)

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Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung Invest in US-based Chip-maker

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, SiFive is being seen as an emerging competitor to UK-based chip-maker ARM Holdings

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- The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

After cutting ties with Huawei because of US government’s ban on the Chinese tech giant, Qualcomm, Intel andSamsung have invested money in a US-based chip-maker SiFive that producescomputer chips based on the RISC-Vinstruction set architecture.

According to The Information, the chip-design company has raised $65.4 million as part of its latest funding round, Android Authority reported on Saturday.

To create RISC-V-based chip designs, SiFive teams up with other tech companies and churns out new designs in one to three months, promising to deliver sample chips “within weeks”.

Usually, gadgets such as smart speakers, smart watches, and smartphones use processors based on Intel’s x86 and Arm’s instruction sets.

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Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

SiFive chips based on Arm chips typically take roughly a year.

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, SiFive is being seen as an emerging competitor to UK-based chip-maker ARM Holdings.

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After ARM Holdings cut trade ties with Huawei earlier in June, it is possible that in the future, Huawei could also have to turn to the RISC-V architectured chips to power its next bunch of handsets, the report added. (IANS)