Qualcomm Shows Off Enhanced TrueWireless Stereo Tech

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the launch of TrueWireless Stereo Plus which is an enhancement of its TrueWireless Stereo technology. With this technology all external wires will be eliminated and this will provide users with an audio experience that is cable-free while supporting new user cases such as hearables.

Qualcomm’s new TrueWireless technology also allows the automatic switching of earbuds from primary to second roles as a way of balancing power consumption in order to increase the life of the battery. The chipmaker has also launched a new mode for TrueWireless Stereo Plus and this will let devices to directly connect with both earbuds. With this it will no longer be necessary to use the previous chain of connectivity which required one earbud to link to the device before establishing another simultaneous connection to the opposite earbud.

Pairing process

According to Qualcomm the new technology will also simplify the pairing process as well as reduce latency by getting rid of the existing system which needs a connection from headphone to headphone that it separate.

The chipmaker has also revealed that a distinct Broadcast Audio feature will be made available on the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The new features will come with the QCC5100 chips and Qualcomm says manufacturers could release headphones which use the technology beginning mid this year.

This comes in the wake of microchip firm Broadcom reducing the size of the bid it had put forward for Qualcomm by 4% to an absolute figure of $117 billion. At the same time Broadcom has raised objections over the decision by Qualcomm to increase the size of the bid it had put forward to NXP Semiconductors to a figure of $44 billion. Broadcom has argued that that the increased bid was too high and amounted to overpaying.

“Qualcomm’s board acted against the best interests of its stockholders,” said a statement from Broadcom.

Board showdown

After Broadcom had cut the bid Qualcomm indicated that the previous offer was inadequate but now had been made worse. This is likely to lead to a showdown early next month when the shareholders of Qualcomm meet to elect board members. The shareholders will also make a decision on whether the control of the company should be placed in the hands of the board nominees that Broadcom has put forward.

According to Scott Kessler, an analyst at CFRA Research, the moves by the two firms have reduced the chances of Broadcom acquiring Qualcomm but have increases the chances of NXP being acquired by Qualcomm.

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