“We are thrilled to be working with a range of customers and partners, thus expanding our thriving wearable ecosystem, and are delighted to announce 25 designs in the pipeline across segments based on the new platforms. We have collaborated extensively with our first customers, Oppo and Mobvoi, over the last year and look forward to seeing their products,” said Kedia.
Qualcomm launches Snapdragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 platforms for the next generation of wearables
Qualcomm announced the launch of the Snapdragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 platforms for the next generation of wearable devices, bringing long-lasting battery life, top user experience, and innovative thin and light designs.
Qualcomm said that the current wearable device industry is continuing to grow, the market is further subdivided, and the new platform will realize the scale and differentiation of products to accelerate the product development process. Compared with the previous generation products, the Snapdragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 platforms have reduced power consumption by 50%, improved performance by 2 times, reduced size by 30%, increased features by 2 times, and provided more functions.
According to Qualcomm’s introduction, the Snapdragon W5+ and Snapdragon W5 platforms, as platforms specially built for wearable devices, use a hybrid architecture, including an SoC manufactured by a 4nm process and a 22nm-based highly integrated always-on co-processor. The former is responsible for high-load interactions such as calls, 3D rendering, and GPS navigation, and the latter is responsible for services such as real-time response, health tracking, heart rate, sleep monitoring, and local machine learning.
The CPU part of the SoC uses the Cortex-A53 core with a maximum frequency of 1.7GHz; the GPU uses an Adreno A702 with a frequency of 1GHz; the new platform also supports ultra-low power Bluetooth 5.3, dual-band GPS positioning, 4G network, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), eMMC 4.5, etc. A 22nm-based highly integrated always-on co-processor uses a Cortex-M55 core with a frequency of 250MHz.