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Qualcomm QCC730: Transforming IoT Device Battery Life

Qualcomm QCC730

By consistently accelerating innovation across industries, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. places itself at the centre of the digital transformation and highlights its prominent presence in the embedded and IoT ecosystem at the Embedded World Exhibition & Conference. Qualcomm processor-powered solutions are being showcased by over 35 companies, including distributors, autonomous software vendors, robotics centres, manufacturing facilities, edge AI boxes, asset and fleet management, and automotive solutions, among others.

Qualcomm QCC730
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Qualcomm Technologies is introducing new products and solutions at Embedded World that are intended to empower its clients within the embedded ecosystem. For the newest IoT products and applications, on-device AI, high-performance, low-power processing, and connectivity are made possible by the Qualcomm RB3 Gen 2 Platform and the new Qualcomm QCC730 Wi-Fi solution.

Qualcomm Wireless QCC730

A disruptive micro-power Wi-Fi system for Internet of Things connectivity, the Qualcomm QCC730, is also being unveiled by Qualcomm Technologies. This technological innovation can transform products in battery-powered industrial, commercial, and consumer applications by providing up to 88% less power than previous generations. An open-source IDE and SDK that facilitate cloud connectivity offloading for developer convenience will be available to go along with QCC730.

Because of its adaptability, developers can even use QCC730 as a high-performing substitute for Bluetooth IoT applications in order to achieve direct cloud connectivity and flexible design. Additionally, Qualcomm Technologies provides a line of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products, such as the tri-core, ultra-low power, Bluetooth Low Energy SoC QCC711, and the all-in-one solution QCC740, which supports Bluetooth, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, and Thread.

“The Qualcomm QCC730 SoC is an industry-leading micro-powered Wi-Fi solution for battery-powered IoT platforms, complementing high-performance, low-latency wireless connectivity. The QCC730 allows devices to maintain connectivity to cloud platforms while supporting TCP/IP networking features within form-factor and wireless constraints, according to Rahul Patel, group general manager, connectivity, broadband and networking (CBN), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “This new offering, together with the rest of their IoT connectivity portfolio, positions Qualcomm Technologies at the forefront of the next generation of battery-powered smart home, gaming, healthcare, and other consumer electronics devices. It also reflects their commitment to leveraging their decades of research and development to pioneer new user experiences.”

Ultra-low micro-power Wi-Fi SoC to replace Bluetooth for battery-powered IoT apps

Leading 1×1 Wi-Fi 4 transceiver Qualcomm QCC730 is designed to provide ultralow micro-power Wi-Fi, scalability flexibility, and versatility for ease of design. For battery-powered or energy-harvested IoT, the selectable power modes and innovative power management enable exponential battery life. For a complete solution, QCC730 will be paired with an open-source SDK and software stack that facilitate cloud connectivity offloading. Because of its direct cloud connectivity, developers now have an option outside of applications that are typically limited to Bluetooth.

An open-source software SDK that can be found on CodeLinaro will power QCC730. Additionally, Qualcomm Connectivity Integrated Development Environment (VSCode) based on Microsoft Visual Studio Code will be installed on it. To enable VSCode that is specifically tailored for QCC730, an open-source plugin for VSCode extensions will be made available. Qualcomm Authorised Design Centres offer development kits and modules that are optimised for cost and size to enable rapid time-to-market productization.

Exceptionally long battery life with unbelievably low micro-power Wi-Fi

They unique power management and selectable power modes optimise energy savings for incredibly long battery life. their lowest-power Wi-Fi for IoT connectivity, the QCC730, uses up to 88% less power than models from earlier generations.

Adaptability to scale

The hostless and hosted modes of operation, support for internal and external power amplifiers, and integrated non-volatile memory of QCC730 give developers a great deal of flexibility.

Adaptable system for simplicity in design

To increase design flexibility and ease of use, QCC730 incorporates NVM, SRAM, and an on-chip microcontroller in its entirety. The QCC730 gives developers the ability to replace or integrate applications that are typically limited to Bluetooth.

complete stack for cloud connectivity

Complete solutions like QCC730 come with an open-source software SDK that can be obtained through CodeLinaro, an IDE for Microsoft VSCode that supports cost- and size-optimized modules and related development kits.

Features of Qualcomm QCC730

  • The application processor is a dedicated Arm Cortex-M4F processor operating at 60 MHz, which can be used with or without an RTOS.
  • Wi-Fi function of dual band 1×1 802.11 a/b/g/n HT20 and up to MCS3.
  • Using on-chip RRAM (NVM) eliminates the need for an external NOR flash for host applications.
  • Crypto accelerator built into the hardware.
  • Sophisticated power management system to intelligently reduce power consumption for every application.

Specifications of Qualcomm QCC730


Name: Arm Cortex-M4F Processor


Standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a

Spectral Bands: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz

Channels: 20 MHz

Antenna Configuration: 1×1

Features: up to MCS3


Supported Interfaces: Master IC, 15x muxed GPIO, Slave SPI, 2-wire UART, Master QSPI


Features: Secure Boot, Cryptographic Accelerator, Qualcomm Trusted Execution Environment & Services, Secure debug


Type: 90-ball WLCSP

Size: ‘3.3 x 3.58 x 0.55 mm

Pitch: 0.35 mm

Process Node and Technology

Process Node: 22 nm


Density: 1.5 MB


Density: 640 kB

Agarapu Ramesh was founder of the Govindhtech and Computer Hardware enthusiast. He interested in writing Technews articles. Working as an Editor of Govindhtech for one Year and previously working as a Computer Assembling Technician in G Traders from 2018 in India. His Education Qualification MSc.


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