Qualcom Introduces Snapdragon XR2, Chip for VR and AR 5G Headsets

Hugo Swart

In addition to the system-on-chip for smartphones, Qualcomm recently inaugurated its newest chip which was designed as a platform for Augmented Reality ( AR ) and Virtual Reality ( VR ) devices, namely Snapdragon XR2.

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As the name suggests, the chip that will be embedded in this standalone headset is the successor of the first generation Snapdragon XR and is intended to create Extended Reality (XR) by combining AR, VR, Mixed Reality (MR) technology, and 5G support.

“Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform is the first 5G platform in the world that also supports Extended Reality (XR),” Qualcomm said.

Compared to its predecessor, the Snapdragon XR2 platform brings improvements in several aspects, such as processor (CPU), graphics processor (GPU), to AI performance. Snapdragon XR2 CPU and GPU performance is claimed to be twice as high as the previous generation, while AI’s performance is said to increase by eleven times.

In the realm of image processing, this chip is able to receive video bandwidth four times larger and can display a resolution six times higher (3K resolution in each eye), along with support for 8K 360 degree video playback with a frame rate of 60 FPS.

To support the AR / VR experience, Snapdragon XR2 is also equipped with the support of seven cameras that are able to track various body gestures accurately and processors that are able to reconstruct the environment that users see in real-time.

There is also a Hexagon DSP audio chip that allows devices to produce clear sound quality around the user (3D spatial sound ) with context detection features that are able to separate the sound in the digital and real world.

Qualcomm said that several original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have collaborated to make Snapdragon XR2-based products. It is likely that the first devices to use this chip will be available in the second half of 2020.

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