Qualcomm has recently revealed its new extended reality platform called the Snapdragon XR2. Qualcomm says it is the world’s first 5G-supported platform, which can be scaled across Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR). The Snapdragon XR2 promises twice the CPU and GPU performance, four times more video bandwidth, six times higher resolution, and eleven times AI improvement. Qualcomm semiconductor company said, its current working with multiple OEMs for commercializing devices based on the Snapdragon XR2 platform soon.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 is positioned as the premium extended reality offering, while the XR platform continues to exist a tier below it. This is said to be the first XR platform which enables low-latency camera pass-through for mixed reality. Compared to the Snapdragon 835 Mobile XR platform, the new XR2 platform supports 1.5X the pixel rate and 3X telex rate for graphics rendering.
The Snapdragon XR2 display panel offers up to 3K x 3K resolution per eye at 90fps and supports 8K 360-degree videos at 60fps. The built-in seven cameras are capable of tracking the head, eyes, and lips with 26-point skeletal hand tracking. The Hexagon DSP in the Snapdragon XR2 featured with a 3D spatial sound.
XR devices range from separate headsets to other categories such as ‘XR Viewers,’ where the processing is split between the headset and another device like a 5G smartphone, said by Hugo Swart, Head of XR at Qualcomm.
‘Boundless XR’ and ‘Boundless XR with 5G’ are some of the new emerging categories, which won’t require any wired connection between the headset and a 5G device. While still splitting the processing between the two devices, so the VR or MR headset can be made slimmer and more portable.