Computex 2016 | Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon Wear 1100 SoC for smart wearables
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 is a very popular mobile processor among makers of Android Wear-powered smartwatches. However, this SoC was not built specifically for this category of devices. Qualcomm fixed this problem in February, when they announced the Snapdragon Wear 2100, the company's first processor built for smartwatches. Now, the Snapdragon Wear 1100 joins the Wear lineup, but targeting cheaper wearables - basic connected watches for kids and fitness trackers.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1100 was built with two main attirbutes in mind - the best power efficiency possible and a small size. Even in these conditions, its list of features is far from short. The Snapdragon Wear 1100 features a Cat 1 modem with LTE/3G global band support, WiFi, Bluetooth, the Qualcomm iZat integrated location engine that provides "enhanced accuracy and power optimization through such features as multi-GNSS, cell-ID positioning, and ability to support applications that utilize geo-fencing for safety monitoring." The list of security features includes a hardware random number generator and TrustZone, as well as a hardware cryptographic engine.
Since Qualcomm's press release reveals that "Snapdragon Wear 1100 is commercially available and shipping today," the first devices to use it will most likely hit the market in the coming months.