Qualcomm and Microsoft collaborate on custom chips for AR glasses

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Qualcomm announced its intentions to integrate bundle platforms with Microsoft astatine Tuesday's CES 2022 keynote.


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Qualcomm's CEO Cristiano Amon announced during Tuesday's CES 2022 keynote that the institution and Microsoft were partnering connected producing a customized spot for next-generation augmented reality glasses.

"We've been talking for years astir the anticipation of having wearable augmented world devices that volition summation scale," Amon said. "And we're integrating into that spot level bundle from some companies with the Microsoft Mesh platform, and the precocious announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR improvement platform. Snapdragon Spaces volition beryllium afloat integrated into Microsoft Mesh, and this level volition beryllium disposable for next-generation lightweight glasses."

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The collaboration and aboriginal spot would assistance powerfulness a caller integration of lightweight, energy-efficient glasses successful conjunction with Mesh, Microsoft's upcoming instrumentality connected the metaverse platform. Using this recently announced customized chip, users volition beryllium capable to entree Microsoft's applications providing the quality to link implicit a holographic, virtual abstraction utilizing a multitude of devices, specified arsenic virtual reality headsets, tablets, mobile phones and PCs. 

In addition, the operation of the spot and Microsoft Mesh volition let users to collaborate implicit enactment platforms specified arsenic Microsoft Teams utilizing virtual likenesses of themselves.

The Snapdragon Spaces XR improvement level volition spend users the quality to usage spatial mapping truthful integer objects tin beryllium overlaid upon the space. The Spaces XR level besides comes with features specified arsenic positional tracking, entity designation and manus tracking, affording the quality to manipulate spaces utilizing manus gestures.

Qualcomm has already tackled some the VR and AR realms utilizing its chips successful the past, arsenic the Snapdragon 850 present powers Microsoft's Hololens 2 headset and the Oculus Quest 2 headset, which is powered by the Snapdragon XR2 chip.

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"Our extremity is to animate and empower others to collectively enactment to make the metaverse future–a aboriginal that is grounded successful spot and innovation," Rubén Caballero, firm vice president for mixed world astatine Microsoft, said successful a statement. "With services similar Microsoft Mesh, we are committed to delivering the safest and astir broad acceptable of capabilities to powerfulness metaverses that blend the carnal and integer worlds, yet delivering a shared consciousness of beingness crossed devices. We look guardant to moving with Qualcomm Technologies to assistance the full ecosystem unlock the committedness of the metaverse."

Neither Microsoft nor Qualcomm provided a timeline connected erstwhile these chips oregon headsets would beryllium available, but with this recently announced collaborative effort, some companies said they are committed to providing their users with a much connected acquisition done integer means.

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