“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,” says Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice & music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.
“We were early leaders in the development of true wireless technology and we continue to drive exciting innovation across our audio portfolio that meets the needs of this rapidly evolving and growing segment. Putting so much technology into such a small form factor is a big technology challenge and with this differentiated new offering we are helping even non-traditional Bluetooth wireless headphone customers, like mobile phone manufacturers, to rapidly add valued accessories to their product line ups.”
The QCC3026 is particularly well-suited for phone manufacturers, who, with the removal of the standard headphone jack from their designs, left consumers desiring a non-wired solution to listen to their music. With this new design, phone OEMs can provide quality sounding earbuds at a cost point that allows them to package them in the box with, or alongside, their latest smartphones providing an overall more compelling offer to consumers.
Mobile phone manufacturer OPPO announced their first wireless stereo earbuds based on the Qualcomm QCC3026 SoC with Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo, and further announced that they will be included in the box with some of its flagship Find X phones which are also built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform.
“Using the latest innovations from Qualcomm Technologies, OPPO is able to provide consumers worldwide with fashionable, high-quality devices at affordable prices,” says Listen Li, Director of Product, China Market, OPPO. “The new Qualcomm QCC3026 allows us to provide an exciting and great sounding totally wireless headset which we believe that on its own, or packaged together with our latest Find X smartphone will provide a compelling offer and heightened experience for buyers seeking a new phone, especially those who really care about the quality of their music.”
At its lower price point, the QCC3026 is able to deliver a compelling performance and low power consumption with the use of enhanced Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo technology. The new SoC allows for a truly wire-free listening experience using enhanced Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo protocols together with an improved radio that allows 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.
The solution enables an easy pairing experience and balanced power distribution between earbuds for lower overall power consumption and longer usage time, while supporting consistent, high quality audio over Bluetooth with Qualcomm aptX audio technology. For digital assistant applications, support for voice services is available via button-press activation, relaying the audio stream and voice control capabilities to a handset to process and execute commands.
The solution also allows for suppressed background noise and echo feedback with Qualcomm cVc Noise Cancellation Technology. Fully tested Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo applications can be immediately deployed on the SoC with a wide range of features that can be readily configured or customized.
Reference designs based on the QCC3026 SoC 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.