At this year’s CES convention in Las Vegas, Qualcomm Technologies announced a new low-power chip offering drastically reduce power consumption for high tech wireless earbuds and hearables. The new chip, QCC5100, was engineered to reduce power consumption by as much as 65 percent for voice calls and streaming.
However, late last week, Qualcomm announced the release of the QCC3026 chipset that is offering a similar set of features of the premium QCC5100 flagship, but at a more affordable price that will be attractive to entry level and mid-tier device makers.
The new QCC3026 will offer support for Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX™ HD audio for high resolution audio streaming. Qualcomm says the new chip also offers cVc noise cancellation, and support for TrueWireless Stereo.
Paving Way for Less Expensive Audio and Hearing Devices
Qualcomm has touted the new QCC3026 chipset as being particularly well-suited for mobile phone manufacturers–many of which have eliminated the traditional headphone jack from their devices. With the new design, manufacturers can offer wireless earbuds at a cost point that allows them to be included with their latest smartphones.
“Consumers are eager for earbuds they can use all day, when they are at home, in the office or out and about without constantly needing to recharge. This latest addition to our portfolio is a very robust and cost-effective true wireless solution that is optimized for both superior sound quality and pricing value, and will allow our customers to put this exciting technology in the reach of millions of more buyers”
–Anthony Murray, SVP and General Manager, Qaulcomm Voice & Music
Highlights of the new QCC3026 chipset:
A truly wire-free listening experience
Enhanced Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo protocols together with an improved radio are designed to deliver a robust overall wireless connectivity, from handset to earbud as well as between the earbuds themselves, important both when making calls and listening to music
An easy pairing experience and balanced power distribution between earbuds for lower overall power consumption and longer usage time.
Proven, consistent, high quality audio over Bluetooth with Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology
Readiness for digital assistant applications, with support for voice services available via button-press activation, relaying the audio stream and voice control capabilities to a handset to process and execute commands.
Suppressed background noise and echo feedback with Qualcomm® cVc™ Noise Cancellation Technology for a quieter and more seamless user experience.
Fully tested Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo application can be immediately deployed on the SoC with a wide range of features that can be readily configured or customized.
According to the company, reference designs based on the QCC3026 chipset are “expected to be available in the second half of 2018 from several ODMs to help manufacturers commercialize entry-level and mid-tier wireless headsets quickly and cost-effectively”.
Source: Qualcomm; feature image courtesy OPPO