Qualcomm QCC514X and QCC304X

Qualcomm has introduced a new series of low power audio SoCs to improve the sound quality of the latest generation wireless earbuds. As small as any smartphone SoC, the new chips are intended for Bluetooth headsets and headphones to offer better wireless support thanks to the innovative Qualcomm TrueWireless Mirroring technology. In particular, the Qualcomm QCC514X (for premium range devices) and Qualcomm QCC304X (for medium and entry range) SoCs are designed to offer greater solidity and connectivity, comfort and prolonged battery life, dedicated integrated hardware for the hybrid system Qualcomm’s Active Noise Cancellation (Hybrid ANC) and high-quality wireless sound and sound.

The main difference between the two models is basically the presence (in the 514x model) of voice recognition always active with virtual assistants, such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. In essence, the user can use voice commands at any time, even to “wake up” the headphones.

Qualcomm QCC514X and QCC304X

“Customers rely on us to help them offer quality audio with longer battery life and wireless connectivity even in congested environments and the extraordinary Qualcomm TrueWireless Mirroring technology responds to this and is designed to support the fundamental features of headphones and devices. wireless audio, “says James Chapman, vice president and general manager, Voice, Music & Wearables, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd.” We have added support for voice assistants and integrated digital Hybrid ANC on each product range without compromising the consumption of energy, allowing new SoCs to offer unprecedented listening experiences. ”

As you can imagine, the focus is also on better autonomy: Qualcomm promises up to 13 hours of music playback with a 65 mAh battery. The ANC (active noise control) technology is integrated in both SoCs but a “Hybrid ANC” mode is also added, which allows you to listen to external sounds to remain “connected” also with the surrounding environment. Qualcomm has also integrated a function called “TrueWireless Mirroring”, which allows you to use the left / right earphones in mono mode and, by swapping the headphones, playback can continue without interruption and you can then say goodbye to the master earphone.

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Qualcomm QCC514X and QCC304X

Qualcomm has provided the list of the first headphone manufacturers that will use its Bluetooth chips and there are all of them: Jabra, Mobvoi, JVC, Plantronics, Anker, 1More, Bang & Olufsen, ViVO and so on. The big absentees are Apple and Samsung who build their own chips for the earphones and Sony that uses MediaTek. The new headsets however should be available on the market by the second half of this year

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