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Qualcomm launches its latest TWS-friendly Bluetooth chipsets

Qualcomm debuts new Bluetooth audio chips. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm debuts new Bluetooth audio chips. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm has introduced the QCC514X and QCC304X, 2 new audio SoCs that are "optimized for" true wireless (TWS) earbuds and other similar accessories. They are equipped with support for its Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and generally improved sound over low-energy Bluetooth.
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Qualcomm has ushered in new ultra-low-power Bluetooth systems on a chip (SoCs) for accessories geared to this kind of technology. The company asserts that they are rated for improved connectivity and integrity in the same. In addition, these new chips might help reduce earphone fatigue, not to mention the frequency with which these devices need charging.

Indeed, Qualcomm estimates that these new SoCs are capable of conferring battery life of up to 13 hours (based on a 65mAh capacity and various operational conditions). The new silicon comes in 2 flavors: the QCC514X and QCC304X, which are intended for premium- and entry- or mid-tier products respectively. The former supports always-on hands-free voice-assistant activations with a wake word, whereas the latter offers the same but at the touch of a button.

They also both integrate Qualcomm TrueWireless Mirroring and Hybrid ANC, 2 novel features that may enhance wireless pairing strength and noise cancellation that also allows for environmental awareness respectively. Therefore, the TWS earbuds or other audio peripherals of the future may come with either of these new SoCs built in. Qualcomm asserts that they allow for reduced development times for the OEMs in question, particularly in the area of AI assistance integration.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-26 (Update: 2020-03-26)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.