Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon XR1, the world’s first fully dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform, backed by artificial intelligence in combining augmented reality with virtual reality.
Qualcomm aims to change the game
While the US-based company previously used smartphone chipsets for the augmented, mixed, and virtual reality technologies, the Snapdragon XR1 will make it easier for OEMs to do so with special optimizations for this segment, artificial intelligence capabilities, increased interactivity, lower power consumption, and improved thermal efficiency.
As technology evolves and consumer demand grows, we envision XR devices playing a wider variety of roles in consumers’ and workers’ daily lives. By integrating powerful visuals, high-fidelity audio, and rich interactive experiences, XR1 will help create a new era of high-quality, mainstream XR devices for consumers.
Alex Katouzian, senior VP at Mobile Business Unit, Qualcomm Technologies
The chip includes an ARM Kryo processor, Adreno graphics, a new artificial intelligence engine, the Spectra image signal processor, an integrated display processor, and Qualcomm Technologies 3D Audio Suite audio technology.
Snapdragon XR1 Extended Reality (XR) platform
The upcoming dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform Immersion powered by Snapdragon XR1 will support 4K video at a rate of up to 60 frames per second and a wide range of display options with hardware-accelerated compositing, dual display support, 3D overlays, and support for application programming interfaces (APIs), including OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan.
As for interactivity, it will support controllers for tracking three and six degrees of freedom (3DoF, 6DoF).
Qualcomm targets this Snapdragon XR1 to Android-based, smartphone-independent, augmented virtual reality devices for the mid-range of a market forecast to achieve an installed base of 186 million devices by 2023.
The world’s first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform, Snapdragon XR1 models, would reach the market in 2019. Qualcomm says manufacturers such as Meta, VIVE, Vuzix, and Picoare are already developing devices with Snapdragon XR1 dedicated to XR.