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Qualcomm unveils the world's first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform

By Cookie Monster - on 31 May 2018, 12:00am

Qualcomm unveils the world's first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform

Image source: anandtech

Qualcomm just unveiled the world's first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform, the XR1 at Augmented World Expo. This marks the chipmaker's first purpose-built chip for XR devices, which is a general term for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. 

While Qualcomm is not disclosing the specifics of the XR1 platform at the moment, you can imagine the XR1 as a stripped-down variant of the conventional Snapdragon mobile platform which includes the ARM-based multicore CPU, vector processor, GPU and Qualcomm AI Engine.

The AI Engine offers on-device processing, which allows the processing of AI-use cases and run high performing, power efficient machine learning based computer vision algorithms for better pose prediction, object classification and many more. 

The XR1 platform supports 4K video resolution at up to 60fps. The built-in Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor will significantly reduce unwanted noise to produce an improved final picture in high quality AR headsets. Its integrated display processor also provides a range of display options with hardware accelerated composition, dual-display support, 3D overlays and support for leading graphics APIs. 

Several customers are already onboard such as Meta, VIVE, Vuzix and Picoare. Consumer headsets powered by the XR1 platform are expected to arrive in the market towards the end of the year. 

Source: Qualcomm via anandtech 

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