Qualcomm aims to help take on Apple with VR chip

Qualcomm aims to help take on Apple with VR chip

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By Nick Flaherty

Qualcomm has launched a higher performance version of its processor for augmented reality ahead of the expected launch of Apple’s Vision Pro headset.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 supports 4.3K per eye resolution and 12 or more concurrent cameras at 90 frame/s for immersive mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) in systems from Samsung and Google. Meta, the owner of Facebook, is already using the XR2 for its Quest headset.

But Qualcomm is using the same term of spatial computing that Apple has been using for its headset. The ‘+’ version boosts the GPU frequency by 15% and CPU frequency by 20% and adds WiFi 7 and Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 and 5.2 wireless connectivity for 60% higher throughput and 50% lower latency.

This is aimed at headsets to take on the Apple technology.

An MR and VR reference design developed by Goertek and features eye tracking technology from Tobii supports both 3K per eye (Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2) and 4K per eye (Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2) configurations.

“Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 unlocks 4.3K resolution which will take XR productivity and entertainment to the next level by bringing spectacularly clear visuals to use cases such as room-scale screens, life-size overlays and virtual desktops,” said Hugo Swart, vice president and general manager of XR, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are advancing our commitment to power the best XR devices and experiences that will supercharge our immersive future.”

“Samsung is thrilled to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies and Google in revolutionizing the mobile industry once more,” said Inkang Song, vice president and head of technology strategy team at Samsung Electronics. “With Samsung’s mobile expertise and our joint commitment, we aim to create the best-in-class XR experience for Galaxy users.”

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung on the future of immersive and spatial XR,” said Shahram Izadi, vice president of AR at Google. “We’re excited for the Android ecosystem to take advantage of Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2’s capabilities and enable new experiences.”


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