Google and Samsung mixed reality headsets with the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 SoC

The Apple Vision Pro headset will soon have some fierce competitors. Qualcomm has in fact unveiled its new SoC (System-on-a-Chip) Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2specifically designed and intended for mixed reality headsets. And it is already known that the engineers of Google e Samsung they are working to develop devices based on the new technological component.

Some aspects of the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 appear truly noteworthy: the operating frequency of the GPU is improved by 15% compared to the previous generation (Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2) while the clock of CPU grows by 20%. The new SoC is in fact capable of ensuring a 4.3K video resolution x 4.3K on both eyes at 90 frames per second (fps). Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2, installed for example in the viewer Meta Quest 3supported 3K resolution per single eye.

Furthermore, the new generation Qualcomm SoC supports at least 12 cameras simultaneously to guarantee seamless experiences mixed reality (MR) e virtual reality (VR) absolutely engaging. In another article we talk about the differences between augmented, virtual and mixed reality.

Features Snapdragon XR+ Gen 2 SoC augmented reality viewers

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 SoC underlying the new mixed reality headsets

Using solutions based onartificial intelligencedevices equipped with the Qualcomm SoC can effortlessly monitor the user, his movements and the surrounding real space to deliver innovative experiences capable of amalgamating and merging physical and digital spaces into the hands of users.

The vice president and general manager of the XR team at Qualcomm, Hugo Swart, said the 4.3K resolution unlocked by the Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 will take productivity and entertainment to the next level. Users can thus enjoy visual details clearer and sharper, it becomes possible to manage virtual screens large in size (capable of covering the entire room), superimpose objects full size and use virtual desktops.

Although both Google and Samsung underline the importance of collaboration with Qualcomm, the company led by Cristiano Amon has not signed any exclusive agreement with the two companies. In fact, it seems that Qualcomm is cooperating with at least five other hardware manufacturers, including HTC.

At the moment we have no indications on the design of the new Google and Samsung devices but the South Korean company has scheduled a launch event during the third week of January 2024: it is likely that on that occasion we can know more about the Snapdragon-based viewer XR2+ Gen 2.

To accelerate the bringing of new devices to the market by partners, Qualcomm also presented a new reference design developed by Goertek, which includes eye tracking technology Tobias. This solution supports both 3K and 4K configurations per eye.

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