One of the leading chip makers for smartphones announces a new processor designed specifically for augmented and virtual reality headsets.
According to a Bloomberg report, Qualcomm will likely announce the Snapdragon XR1 at about the same time as the Augmented World Expo, which will take place next week in Santa Clara, California.
According to sources that are familiar with the matter, the XR1 system will be on one Manage chip functions for central and graphics processing, security and artificial intelligence. The chip is designed to be powerful enough to handle AR and VR experiences while maintaining energy efficiency at a lower cost.
The same sources have hooked up the chip to Vuzix's HTC Vive and AR headsets, which want to release their blade smartglasses this year
Another report surfaced last week, pointing out that Google Qualcomm and manufacturer Quanta working on an AR headset similar to the HoloLens. While the headset code-named Google A65 is said to be powered by the Snapdragon QC603, the report also mentions that "SXR1" is connected to the project. With today's report, Google's headset seems to be linked to Snapdragon's dedicated chipset.
Since Smartglasses will replace smartphones as our PC devices in the coming years, Qualcomm will lose a large revenue stream if it does not come into the market portable AR device game
AR and VR headsets would be a natural one Developing the company's expertise in developing chips for mobile devices that are powerful yet energy efficient. We'll probably know more about Qualcomm's plans sometime next week.