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Stocking new chip for noise cancellation on wireless applications

Qualcomm is announcing a pair of new Bluetooth chip created for wireless earbuds, the Qualcomm QCC514x and QCC304x SoCs. Both chipsets will support Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring technology for more reliable connections, along with integrated, dedicated hardware for Qualcomm's hybrid active noise cancellation and onboard support for digital assistants.

Qualcomm's TrueWireless Mirroring handles connections to some phone via a single earbud, that is then mirrored (and so the name) to another earbud, which decreases the amount of synchronization needed (in theory) for a more reliable connection. For the primary earbud, the machine is made to transition the bond seamlessly to the mirrored earbud, too. The system also helps make sure that a pair of headphones turns up like a single link with a telephone, instead of “two” separate headphones.

The main difference between the more premium Qualcomm QCC514x and the entry-level Qualcomm QCC304x SoCs is due to voice assistant integration: the QCC514x can provide always listening wake-word activation for voice assistants (similar to Apple's AirPods or Amazon's Echo Buds). The QCC304x, on the other hand, only offers push-button voice assistance – meaning that you'll have to physically activate the listening mode, rather than having it hear a “Hey, Google” or “Alexa” command.

But by looking into making features like voice assistants and ANC standard for entry-level headphones, Qualcomm might be ushering in an era where all headphones offer these types of features, not just ultra-premium models like Apple's AirPods Pro or Sony's WF1000XM3 earbuds. And that's a thrilling prospect.