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Qualcomm Fashions Addition to Snapdragon Wear Line

Qualcomm Inc. used the Computex trade show in Taiwan to take the wraps off of a second processor in its Snapdragon Wear line — a group of products meant for devices that people wear.

The Snapdragon Wear 1100 is ideal for what Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) calls “targeted purpose wearables” — products that might include connected kid and elderly watches, fitness trackers, smart headsets and wearable accessories.

Several companies are teaming up with Qualcomm to design watches that can help people keep track of their children or their aging parents — or even determine the location of a pet.

As always, Qualcomm is thinking globally, supplying wearable device manufacturers in Asia and Latin America.

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The just-announced model 1100 chip complements the Snapdragon Wear 2100, a more-expensive, multipurpose model that Qualcomm introduced early this year.

Smartwatches with the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor are expected to come to market in the second half of 2016.

In an innovative application, Peru-based Anda Technologies and Asia-based Borqs collaborated to use the model 2100 to develop a smartwatch that displays symbols rather than words.

The companies say it is suitable for children who don’t know how to read or write yet. A 3-year-old can reportedly use it.

Qualcomm also used the trade show to introduce Wi-Fi chips containing three radios.

“As people rely on their home network to support more devices accessing the internet and streaming media, Wi-Fi is being stretched to the limit,” said Gopi Sirineni, a vice president with Qualcomm’s Atheros unit, in a prepared statement.

“We are changing the game with features designed to deliver the best possible Wi-Fi experiences and now, uniquely, we are driving those technologies into more cost-effective products to extend the benefits to a wider swath of consumers.”

There are several flavors of Wi-Fi. The new chips use what is known as 802.11ac.

On top of that, Qualcomm Atheros introduced a “gigaDSL” chip that can help increase data speeds over traditional, wireline telephone networks in Asian markets.

A Qualcomm representative said carriers want to upgrade prior to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea and the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.

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Keeping It Local: When students graduate from San Diego universities, they frequently turn their backs on the region.

They head off to Silicon Valley or some other area where pastures seem greener.

Tech San Diego thinks someone should remind the students that San Diego isn’t a bad place to stay.

Through its new University Talent Initiative, the nonprofit organization wants to strengthen ties between local industry and the universities turning out graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. It is something that Silicon Valley is very good at, said Thomas Clancy, chairman of Tech San Diego.

Michael Yates and Tom Leet, who both held human resources positions at the University of California, San Diego, will run the program, which will match skilled graduates with local employers.

“The University Talent Initiative is an idea whose time has come,” said Albert Pisano, dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, in a prepared statement.

The Legler Benbough Foundation is funding a pilot program with UC San Diego.

Kevin Carroll is executive director of Tech San Diego, which was formerly called Software San Diego.

The organization’s website is TechSanDiego.org.

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Your Dot-date Has Arrived: Some San Diego entrepreneurs are behind a new online dating site with a couple of twists.

One is an address containing the recently introduced suffix (or top-level domain) of dot-date. Yes, it really exists. Reel.date is the product of CEO Nick Esayian (who is behind Revenue Solutions, a Vista-based direct marketing company) and Alan Ezeir (who runs Carlsbad-based Domain Cost Club).

The other twist to the site is that visitors see video personals. Esayian says the video approach beats other sites where people misrepresent their appearances by posting outdated photos. Reel.date charges clients $9.95 per month or $49.95 per year.

The list of available top-level domains makes good reading. Did you know that dot-gripe is available? I imagine “Sesame Street’s” Oscar the Grouch would be interested in that one.

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Short Takes: Satellite communications gear maker Global Invacom Group Ltd. has begun shipping a product — its FibreIRS digital channel stacking gateway termination unit — to an unnamed, major European satellite operator.

The local angle? Each unit contains a model EN5520 chip from Carlsbad’s MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL).

The Global Invacom system uses fiber infrastructure to provide multi-channel programming and gateway receiver architecture to large housing developments. … San Diego-based Events.com has come out with a new software app for event organizers and the people who attend their functions.

The app lets event organizers look up participants with a voice-recognition feature.

Events.com calls it a first.

Send San Diego technology news to bradg@sdbj.com.

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