NewsQualcomm and Google Boost the Wearables Sector with RISC-V Integration

Qualcomm and Google Boost the Wearables Sector with RISC-V Integration

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. made waves in the tech community by revealing their enhanced collaboration with Google. This partnership will harness the capabilities of RISC-V to deliver an innovative wearables solution tailored for Wear OS by Google. As the world of wearable technology moves toward customized CPUs that are both energy-efficient and high-performing, this collaboration is poised to set new standards in the industry. With both companies’ commitment to the Snapdragon Wear platforms, the stage is set for Qualcomm to solidify its position as the premier smartwatch silicon supplier for the Wear OS realm.

But what is RISC-V, and why is it gaining traction in the tech world?

Delving Deeper: Understanding RISC-V

RISC-V (Reduced Instruction Set Computer V) is an open-source instruction set architecture (ISA). Unlike proprietary systems, RISC-V doesn’t restrict its users. It serves as a foundation upon which any entity can design and fabricate completely bespoke processor cores. This democratization of design enables a broader array of companies to step into the marketplace, spurring heightened innovation and competition.

The advantages of RISC-V are manifold. Its open nature promotes creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. It’s a scalable system, ensuring it can be adapted to various needs, be it in a mammoth server farm or a tiny wearable device. Most crucially, the entire production pipeline benefits from RISC-V’s attributes, from silicon producers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to the end-users and consumers.

Bjorn Kilburn, GM of Wear OS by Google, acknowledged Qualcomm’s pivotal role, saying, “Qualcomm Technologies have been a cornerstone in the Wear OS ecosystem, delivering efficient and high-performing systems to many of our OEM associates. This expanded collaboration, focusing on RISC-V, is an exciting leap forward.”

Echoing Kilburn’s enthusiasm, Dino Bekis, VP and GM, Wearables and Mixed Signal Solutions at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., remarked, “Our dedication to integrating RISC-V into our Snapdragon Wear platform epitomizes our commitment to driving evolution within the Wear OS ecosystem. This integration will catalyze swift advancements, facilitating more streamlined device rollouts on a global scale.”

Furthermore, both Qualcomm and Google have stepped into the larger RISC-V community, aligning with other industry pioneers to initiate the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE). Qualcomm’s recent announcement of its investment in a new enterprise to further RISC-V hardware growth showcases its dedication to this open-source technology.

The tech community and consumers eagerly await the commercial launch details of the RISC-V wearables solution. As Qualcomm and Google venture deeper into RISC-V integration, the future of wearable technology appears bright, versatile, and full of promise.

Michal Pukala
Electronics and Telecommunications engineer with Electro-energetics Master degree graduation. Lightning designer experienced engineer. Currently working in IT industry.