Qualcomm Launches New Bluetooth SoC Designed For Low Priced Wireless Buds

Posted by at 6:51 am on June 29, 2018

Qualcomm wants to bring truly wireless Bluetooth to lower cost ear buds.

The company today introduced the QCC3026, a new Bluetooth Audio system-on-a-chip that device makers can use to quickly build new products. Qualcomm says the QCC3026 was made to help device makers balance functionality and cost. The QCC3026 reduces power consumption by up to 50% when compared to earlier generation chips. It is specifically aimed at phone makers that may have to remove the headphone jacks from their phones.

Qualcomm believes phone makers will be able to design “quality sounding [Bluetooth] earbuds at a cost point that allows them to package them in the box” along with the phone. The QCC3026 now serves as an alternative to Qualcomm’s high-end QCC5100 Bluetooth SoC, which was announced early this year.

Benefits of the new SoC include:

  • 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.

Oppo has already committed to using the new SoC for buds to be included with its flagship Find X phone

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