IFA 2020 is on the way and today Qualcomm unveiled a brand new adaptive active noise canceling technology that targets earbuds offering integrated ANC features. The system aims to enhance how well the active cancelation of noise functions in earphones. This is achieved by changing ANC in real-time based on factors such as the earbuds fit in the user's ears, as well as environmental factors such as ambient sound.
That means that the technology will not only automatically improve Active Noise Cancelation on earphones that use the new Bluetooth Audio SoC, but will also adjust it automatically as you use it. When you sit on your desk, for example, and when you get up and walk around, the movement can cause changes to how the earphones fit your ears. With the new tech from Qualcomm, ANC will automatically adjust to even those real-time changes. If you've ever used a pair of in-ear earbuds with active noise cancellation, chances are you've passed the sound test, fit test, and other similar tests that the earbuds recommend that you go through before you start using them. Most of these are designed to make sure the ear tips you use make a firm seal in your ear, a requirement for good active noise cancellation.
Qualcomm wants to rid itself of all this. The company claims users will no longer need to perform fit tests and sound tests on their earbuds with its new Adaptive ANC tech or to try out different ear tips to get a better seal. Additionally, when you are in low noise environments, the Adaptive ANC will automatically decrease in intensity and ramp up when the ambient noise increases. Everything on its own, without the user having to adjust noise cancelation levels or anything of that sort.
The new technology will be available on the latest Bluetooth Audio SoC QCC514x by Qualcomm. However, when we can expect to see consumer-facing products using the new SoC the company has not shed any light on it.