Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips have powered devices from smartphones and laptops to VR headsets. But the company is doing away with repurposing mobile processors for mixed reality devices. The company just released the Snapdragon XR1, the company’s first dedicated Extended Reality platform. It is a chipset designed specifically for AR and VR headsets.
XR1 is meant to offer better experiences on mainstream devices by enabling high- quality visual and audio playback. It also includes 3-DoF and 6-DoF interactive controls. Qualcomm also announced that companies like Meta, Vive, Vuzix, and Pico are already working on devices using the XR1 chip. Therefore, these products could potentially be ready as early as this year, depending on each partner.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 features
The XR1 will support 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, 3D overlays and dual displays. It will support popular graphics like API’s OpenCL and Vulkan. Along with the chipset’s Spectra image signal processor, it can also reduce noise for clearer image quality.
The XR1 uses Qualcomm’s audio technologies like 3D Audio Suite, Aqstic and aptX to enable high-fi sound. Along with, “always on, always-listening” assistance. It will also feature a system known as Head Related Transfer Functions. In order to give the impression that sounds are coming from a specific point in space. It should create a more realistic experience.
To make it simple for users to interact with their augmented on virtual worlds. The XR1 also supports 3-DoF and 6- DoF for the head- and controller-tracking. Like Qualcomm’s newer high-end Snapdragon 800 series products, the XR1 uses heterogeneous computing. In other words, it will delegate tasks to various different cores for more efficient performance. It has an ARM-based CPU, a GPU, a vector processor and an AI engine. That last component will help optimize on-device AI functions like object recognition and pose prediction.
The XR1 platform comes with an SDK to make it easier for manufacturers to implement some of these features. Along with, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities.