Qualcomm and Microsoft are working on the next generation of
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Qualcomm and Microsoft are working on the next generation of AR glasses

Tech giants Qualcomm and Microsoft have teamed up to create a new customized Snapdragon chipset for use in AR glasses designed for the Microsoft ecosystem. The new partnership was highlighted in a Qualcomm report at CES 2022.

Source: CES

Source: CES

“We announce the development of a bespoke Snapdragon Augmented Reality Chip for the next generation of energy-efficient, ultra-light AR glasses for the Microsoft ecosystem.– said the head of Qualcomm Cristiano Amon (Cristiano Amon). – And we’re integrating software from both companies into this platform: the Microsoft Mesh Platform and the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR Development Platform. Snapdragon Spaces will be fully integrated with Microsoft Mesh and the new platform will be available for the next generation of lighter glasses.

The partnership itself is not surprising. For example, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chipset is already responsible for operating the Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset, which was introduced in 2019. In recent years, Qualcomm has put even more emphasis on developing chips for AR and VR systems, including the Snapdragon XR2, which powers Facebook’s popular Oculus Quest 2 headset. In particular, they jointly developed variants of the SQ1 and SQ2 processors for the Surface Pro X.

The intention is to provide cross-support for the Microsoft Mesh and Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR platforms. Mesh is already a cross-platform AR / VR technology that connects headsets, tablets, smartphones and computers, while Spaces XR is aimed at mixed reality developers. Given Qualcomm’s strong focus on collaborating on the ultra-light AR glasses project, the companies anticipate ambitious plans to jointly develop technologies for the new digital world.

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