Qualcomm will announce its next chipset for wearables on September 10

Doris Richards
August 9, 2018

The Snapdragon 670 is the latest top dog in the 600 series of Qualcomm's flowery-named chip line up, which is the range that sits below the more powerful Snapdragon 800 series. As expected from any new silicon release, Qualcomm is promising performance improvements across the board.

The Snapdragon 710 mobile platform, launched in May for high-tier smartphone designs, has already made a push towards artificial intelligence (AI) and neural networking. The next best thing is a 600 series processor, the best of which up to now has been the Snapdragon 660.

The Kryo 360 CPU has been selected to power the Snapdragon 670, which utilizes two cores of up to 2.0GHz and six "efficiency" cores capable of up to 1.7GHz.

But AI performance sounds like it has been given even more of a boost, with Qualcomm claiming that it's up to 1.8 times better.

According to the firm, the particular focus of the processors is to target AI-driven applications such as smart camera focus and settings. The company's Senior Wearables Director Pankaj Kedia had said in a previous report that the third-generation SoCs - after the Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 2100 - have been designed from the ground up "for a no-compromises smartwatch experience" and include dedicated chips to enable always-on functionality. While the sensor support is no different from the 660's, the new ISP will provide improved digital image stabilization and other nifty features.

Back in May, Qualcomm told us it will be upgrading its aging Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset this year.

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