Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2018 - 12:10 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: wearables, W3100, W2100, snapdragon wear, snapdragon, smartwatch, qualcomm, QCC1110, PWM3100, platform
Qualcomm has launched their latest smartwatch platform today, announcing the new ultra-low power Snapdragon Wear 3100 at a Google-supported event which also included the announcement of the first customers of this new platform.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 uses what the company calls “a new ultra-low power hierarchical system architecture approach”, with high-performance A7 processor cores supported by a high-efficiency integrated DSP and the new ultra-low power QCC1110 co-processor.
“The new co-processor, the Qualcomm QCC1110, has been designed from the ground up and is at the heart of the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform. It is incredibly small at ~21mm2, is optimized for ultra-low power operation, and acts as a powerful companion to the main processor, re-defining audio, display, and sensor experiences for next generation smartwatches. The co-processor also integrates a deep learning engine for custom workloads, such as keyword detection, and is extensible over time.”
A new PMW3100 power management sub-system also supports “lower power and higher integration”, as the goal is naturally to improve battery life as well as performance. The W3100 will offer 4 - 12 hours longer life than the previous W2100 platform, according to Qualcomm.
Smartwatches are in many ways a lifestyle product, and Qualcomm announced a trio of designer customers of the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform:
“With the Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform, we envisioned a new ultra-low power system architecture and in collaboration with the latest from the Wear OS by Google team, to help deliver a rich interactive mode, bring in new personalized experiences and support extended battery life for tomorrow’s smartwatches. We are delighted to announce Fossil Group, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc as our first Snapdragon Wear 3100 customers.”
Qualcomm states that this new Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform will be offered “in three variants targeting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi tethered smartwatches, GPS-based tethered smartwatches, and 4G LTE connected smartwatches”, and that the W3100 “is in mass production and shipping today”.
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2016 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Intel, drone, wearables, realsense, DOMINATION
Intel is planning on getting inside a wider variety of pants, as well as drones and robots in the very near future, diversifying out of a PC market which has not been growing at an attractive place for over a year. They certainly have the budget to do so as well as several technologies which will give them powerful leverage in those markets. One example that immediately leaps to mind is selling drones with Intel RealSense sensors installed, the extra functionality that would be added to the drone would be impressive. Intel's Curie SoC will be found in eyeglasses and clothing in the not too distant future and they have partnered with robot manufacturers to ensure their chips will compatible with the wide variety of operating systems used in controlling robots. You can glean more about their plans over at The Register.
"The need to control not just the processor itself, but the whole surrounding software and connectivity platform, was very clear in Intel’s launches and keynotes a last week's Consumer Electronics Show."
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- Intel Skylake delays, Win10 and stock glut blamed for Q4 PC sales shrinkage @ The Register
- Nest software bug forces thermostat offline, leaving users in the cold @ The Inquirer
- Microsoft starts offering Windows 10 upgrade pop-ups to SMB customers @ The Inquirer
- Pro-Level Video Editing with LightWorks on Linux @ Linux.com
- Snapper: SUSE's Ultimate Btrfs Snapshot Manager @ Linux.com
- Using Over 3000A to Rapidly Charge an iPhone @ Hack a Day
- 3D Printing Metal from Rust @ Hack a Day
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2015 - 03:08 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: wearables, SoC, smartwatch, Intel, ces 2015, CES, arm
Wearable tech shown at this year's CES by Intel included the Intel MICA and Basis PEAK wearables, but a blog post from ARM is reporting that a pair of these devices are powered by an ARM SoC.
The Intel MICA (Image credit: Intel)
ARM has posted pictures of teardowns from different wearable products, highlighting their presence in these new devices. The pictures we have taken from ARM's blog post show that it is not Intel at the heart of the two particular models we have listed below.
First is the Basis PEAK, and it actually makes a lot of sense that this product would have an ARM SoC considering Intel's aquisition of Basis occurred late in 2014, likely after the development of the PEAK had been completed.
The Basis PEAK (Image credits: Basis, ARM)
Of course it is likely that Intel has plans to integrate their own mobile chips into future versions of wearable products like the PEAK.
Of some interest however is the SoC within their own MICA luxury wearable.
The Intel MICA (Image credits: Intel, ARM)
For now, ARM is the industry standard for mobile devices and they are quick to point this out in their their blog post, writing "it’s important to remember that only ARM and its partners can meet the diversity requirements and fuel innovation in this space". Intel seems to be playing the "partner" role for now, though not exclusively as the company's mobile technology is powering the newest ASUS ZenFone, for instance.
Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2014 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On a charity walk that went from one end of the Outer Hebrides to the other a variety of fitness trackers could not decide on just how far a distance was travelled. Indeed it quickly became quite obvious that there were discrepancies as at the two hour point in the walk the distance ranged from 5.5 to 9 miles. There were spots with no cell signal during the trek but more often than not there was a decent signal but yet the errors were not properly corrected. The Inquirer's experience illustrates that at this time you should not consider your smartwatch part of your emergency gear to be used with dead reckoning and a compass as you could be literally mislead. For now these devices are fitness trackers for the city and even then you might want to double check those distances if you are on a mission to cover a certain amount of ground.
"An example of some of the wearables present on the trek were the Galaxy Gear Fit, Fitbit Flex, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up24, Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and the Pebble watch."
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- Microsoft to roll out Windows Phone 8.1 at beginning of July @ The Inquirer
- Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada @ Slashdot
- Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router Preview @ Benchmark Reviews
- Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent @ The Register
- Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up @ The Register
- Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined @ The Register
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Subject: Processors, Mobile | February 21, 2014 - 10:47 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: wearables, wearable computing, quark, Intel, arm
On a post from the official ARM blogs, the guns are blazing in the battle for the wearable market mind share. Pretty much all the currently available wearable computing devices are using ARM-based processors but that hasn't prevented Intel from touting its Quark platform as the best platform for wearables. There are still lots of questions about Quark when it comes to performance and power consumption but ARM decided to pit its focus on heat.
For a blog post on ARM's website:
Intel’s Quark is an example that has a relatively low level of integration, but has still been positioned as a solution for wearables. Fine you may think, there are plenty of ARM powered communication chipsets it could be paired with, but a quick examination of the development board brings the applicability further into question. Quark runs at a rather surprising, and sizzling to the touch, 57°C. The one attribute it does offer is a cognitive awareness, not through any hardware integration suitable for the wearable market, but from the inbuilt thermal management hardware (complete with example code), which in the attached video you can see is being used to toggle a light switch once touched by a finger which, acting as a heat sync, drops the temperature below 50°C.
Along with this post is a YouTube video that shows this temperature testing taking place.
Of course, when looking at competitive analysis between companies you should always take the results as tentative at best. There is likely to be some change between the Quark Adruino board (Galileo) integration of the X1000 and what would make it into a final production wearable device. Obviously this is something Intel is award of as well and they are also aware of what temperature means for devices that users will have such direct contact with.
The proof will be easy to see, either way, as we progress through 2014. Will device manufacturers integrated Quark in any final design wins and what will the user experience of those units be like?
Still, it's always interesting to see marketing battles heat up between these types of computing giants.