Qualcomm to Bring RISC-V Based Wearable Platform to Wear OS by Google

Qualcomm and Google are extending their collaboration on wearables by developing a RISC-V Snapdragon Wearable platform that will power next-generation Wear OS solutions.

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Work has begun and will continue, to ensure that applications and a robust software ecosystem for RISC-V will be available for commercial launches.


SAN DIEGO – October 17, 2023 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. announced today that they are building on their long-standing collaboration with Google by bringing a RISC-V based wearables solution for use with Wear OS by Google. This expanded framework will help reduce time to market for OEMs when launching smartwatches with advanced features like customer cores, low power, and higher performance. Leading up to this, the companies will continue to invest in Snapdragon Wearable platforms as the leading smartwatch silicon provider for the Wear OS ecosystem.

“Qualcomm Technologies have been a pillar of the Wear OS ecosystem, providing high performance, low power systems for many of our OEM partners,” said Bjorn Kilburn, GM of Wear OS by Google. “We are excited to extend our work with Qualcomm Technologies and bring a RISC-V wearable solution to market.”

“We are excited to leverage RISC-V and expand our Snapdragon Wearable platform as a leading silicon provider for Wear OS. Our Snapdragon Wearable platform innovations will help the Wear OS ecosystem rapidly evolve and streamline new device launches,” said Dino Bekis, vice president and general manager, Wearables and Mixed Signal Solutions, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Both companies recently joined other industry leaders to launch the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) and Qualcomm Technologies recently announced that it’s investing in a new company to advance RISC-V hardware development

As an open-source instruction set architecture (ISA), RISC-V encourages innovation by allowing any company to develop completely custom cores. This allows more companies to enter the marketplace, which creates increased innovation and competition. RISC-V’s openness, flexibility, and scalability benefits the entire value chain – from silicon vendors to OEMs, end devices, and consumers.