Qualcomm's Latest Bluetooth Module Targets Voice Assistants
Qualcomm today announced the Low Power Bluetooth SoC QCC5100 Series module for wearables and hearables. The SoC is meant to empower small form factor hardware by reducing power requirements and adding advanced features at the same time. The module runs on a dual-core, 32-bit processor with Qualcomm's Kalimba DSP Audio subsystem. It supports high-fidelity music and call playback with aptX, aptX HD, Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo (for fully wireless earbuds), and enhanced active noise cancellation. Moreover, it bakes in support for voice assistant services from Amazon (Alexa), Google (Assistant), and Microsoft (Cortana) with low-power wake word detection. Other specs include Bluetooth 5.0 and 2 Mbps Bluetooth Low Energy support, embedded memory and storage for music, integrated amplifier, and developer tools for hardware makers to put to work in their designs. Qualcomm claims the SoC is very efficient, reducing power consumption by 65% for voice calls and music streaming. Qualcomm expects designs based on the QCC5100 Series will reach the market during the first half of the year.
Qualcomm Intros Smart Speaker Platform for Amazon, Google, Microsoft
Qualcomm's Smart Audio Platform now supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. The idea is to make it easier for hardware makers to add voice assistant features to their devices, such as smart speakers and other smart home gear.
Qualcomm Hopes to Improve Bluetooth Audio with aptX HD
Qualcomm today announced aptX HD, an improved stereo music Bluetooth profile that delivers 24-bit playback. Qualcomm says aptX HD picks up where the standard aptX profile leaves off, offering a significant upgrade to wireless audio performance by improving fidelity.
Qualcomm Says Support for aptX HD Accelerating
Qualcomm today said more than 55 consumer products now include support for aptX HD, its high-quality Bluetooth audio codec. The aptX HD codec supports 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth and improves the signal-to-noise ratio, which results in lower background noise.
Qualcomm Whispers About Active Noise Cancellation Chip
Qualcomm today said its latest Bluetooth audio system-on-a-chip is able to provide active noise cancellation for wireless headphones. The CSR8765 makes it possible for Bluetooth headphone designers to drop separate, dedicated active noise cancellation chips from their headsets and instead add the feature via the Bluetooth radio itself.