Qualcomm Ultra Low-Power Bluetooth Audio SoCs Now Powering Compact, Feature-Rich Wireless Earbuds, Headsets and Speakers

February 27 2019, 01:15
Qualcomm Technologies International, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, showcased at MWC 2019 in Barcelona the most recent wireless earbuds and hearables using the latest Qualcomm QCC5100 and QCC302x series, ultra-low power Bluetooth audio SoCs. Now available in more than 10 products, Qualcomm is finding increased traction from audio, mobile and consumer electronics manufacturers for these SoCs, allowing for a robust, low-latency and high-quality wireless audio experiences, in compact, feature-rich wireless earbuds, headsets and speakers.
Audio products using multiple technologies from Qualcomm on display at the company's booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

The QCC5100 and QCC302x series include support for Qualcomm aptX HD and aptX audio technology designed for consistent, high-quality audio streaming over Bluetooth wireless technology and Qualcomm cVc Noise Cancellation Technology designed for reduced background noise and echo feedback for a more intelligible voice call experience. Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo technology is also designed to provide more robust overall connectivity when making wire-free calls and listening to music, an easier pairing experience, and more balanced power distribution between earbuds for longer usage time and battery life.

The QCC5100 series features powerful, comprehensively programmable, quad-core processing and is designed to deliver unprecedented efficiency in power consumption compared to Qualcomm’s previous SoCs to date, for highly differentiated headsets and hearables. These SoCs support the development of very small form factor, richly-featured earbuds that can be used virtually all day, with up to 10 hours of play from a 65mAhr battery.

The QCC302x series features powerful tri-core processing comprising a configurable 32-bit DSP and two programmable 32-bit application processor subsystems to help reduce development time, supporting freedom of design and flexibility for innovation. In particular, the SoCs are very well-suited for phone manufacturers looking to develop inbox headsets with high quality audio and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Recently announced manufacturers with devices based on Qualcomm’s QCC5100 and QCC302x SoC series solutions include:
Cleer - ALLY Plus True Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone
Cleer - FLOW II
Mobvoi - TicPods Free
Mavin - Air-X
OPPO - O-Free
Jabra - Elite 85h
CrazyBaby - Nano 1S
Nain - Zeeny TWS
Zero Audio - TWZ-1000

“We have been working very closely with Qualcomm for years, including participation in the Qualcomm Extension Program, and we are very pleased in the superb audio experience we are able to deliver thanks to their on-going close support,” says Kentaro Yamamoto, Founder & CEO, Nain, Inc. “And we are very thrilled to raise the bar for wireless audio experience with the QCC3026 based Zeeny TWS for consumers and business users.”

“At Jabra, we pride ourselves on our unique audio expertise. But we also need to select the right technology suppliers with the right technical expertise to work with us, so we can deliver on the promise of our Elite line of headphones to be the best calls and music experience for our users,” says Calum MacDougall, senior vice president at Jabra. “Qualcomm Technologies International, matches the demands we place on ourselves for technical excellence and being among the first to utilise their very latest chipsets helps us to bring truly innovative products like our Elite 85h intelligent headphones to market and to give users a unique sound experience.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies International  on developing the Mavin Air-X TrueWireless earbuds. The Mavin Air-X earbuds are powered by latest Qualcomm Technologies’ low-power Bluetooth Audio SoC, (QCC3026) which supports Bluetooth 5.0, apt-X audio and cVc noise reduction technology. Air-X performed incredible features of 100-foot stable Bluetooth connection, 10-hours long play back time, premier sound quality integrated in a 4.5g ultra-light weight earbud be the most perfect solution TrueWireless earphone in the industry,” states Roger Hung, president, Mavin.
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