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Qualcomm showcases Bluetooth solutions for IoT “always-on” world

Bluetooth World takes place today and tomorrow in Santa Clara, California. It’s an opportunity to see how Bluetooth technology is transforming our connected future in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT).

A seamless user experience and great battery life are the crux of successfully designing for today’s “always-on,” connected world. Developers of next generation smart watches, interactive remote controls, beacons, and computer accessories rely on both, and are always looking for more powerful and flexible I/O capabilities. Until now, they’ve had to add power-hungry microcontrollers to manage these demands.

We’re using this occasion to demonstrate real-world examples of our CSR102x system-on-chip (SoC) family, designed specifically to meet the requirements of engineers, help them speed development time, reduce production costs, and deliver a product that meets users’ needs.

Initially, the CSR102x chips were optimized for beacons, keyboards, smart watches, and remote controls. Now, Qualcomm Technologies plans to roll out additional segment-specific development environments throughout 2016—all optimized to balance performance, extend battery life, and reduce cost. A comprehensive development kit targeting additional always-on products, such as IoT nodes, home automation controllers, and fitness monitors, is planned and expected to be widely available later this year.

The latest iterations of Qualcomm aptX HD and Qualcomm aptX Low Latency will also be on display. Ideal for high-resolution audio, aptX HD builds on the existing aptX codec platform, engineered to meet both developers’ and consumers’ needs for better-than-CD-quality sound over Bluetooth. Addressing another consumer requirement, aptX Low Latency is designed to eradicate the issue of out-of-sync Bluetooth audio when used alongside video, media, and gaming applications.

At Bluetooth World, developers can expect to learn more about:

  • Beacons: How beacon developers benefit from an optimized balance of power, size, and cost as well as features like over-the-air update capabilities for improved management in the field.
  • Remote Controls: How remote-control developers benefit from integrated voice-command capability, wake on any key functionality, background key scanning backed up with configuration tools, and specific hardware and software designs.
  • Automotive: How SYLVANIA’s use of Bluetooth Smart can unlock new capabilities in and around the vehicle. With the ZEVO smartphone app, users can customize the color of their vehicle’s headlights, while stationary, using Bluetooth Smart commands.
  • Smart Home Automation: How engineers creating applications for the smart home benefit from longer battery life for mesh devices and sensors, and minimal external bill of materials (BoM).
  • Gaming Accessories: How developers of gaming accessories can create responsive devices with more RF and bandwidth for less, using the lowest active currents and small BoM.

The widespread adoption of Bluetooth in wireless devices, along with its low cost and myriad functionality and features, makes Bluetooth World a go-to event for IoT developers. If you’re able to attend, be sure to visit us at booth #3.

Our full list of speaking sessions are as follows:

Keynote: March 15th, 9:30 – 9:50am

  • Speakers: Robin Heydon & Joel Linsky
  • Title: Innovating in the Internet of Things with Bluetooth

Keynote Panel: March 16th, 11:50am – 12:20pm

  • Speaker: Robin Heydon
  • Title: IoT Across All Standards

Innovation Spotlights, Track B:  March 16th, 5:00 – 5:30pm

  • Title: Beyond the Traditional Bluetooth Solutions

Developers Hub: March 15th and March 16th 10:00 – 10:45am

  • Speaker:  Clive Watts
  • Title: Next Generation: Thinking beyond the silicon

Solo:  March 15th, 5:10 – 5:30pm

  • Speaker: Ken Robertson
  • Title: CSRmesh: Past, Present and Future

Panel: March 16th, 5:00 – 5:30pm

  • Speaker: Gene Dantsker
  • Title: Wearing Your Health with Healthcare Wearables

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