Microsoft and Qualcomm Partnering to Create Chip for AR Glasses
The duo will work together to advance immersive experiences in the metaverse
At the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Qualcomm Technologies made an announcement that they hope will push the adoption of the up-and-coming metaverse.
“We’re announcing that we’re developing a custom augmented reality Snapdragon chip for next-generation, power-efficient, very lightweight AR glasses for the Microsoft ecosystem,” said Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm CEO.¹ The simple design of the glasses will set them apart from what we know as the traditionally bulky headset.
This isn’t the first time Qualcomm and Microsoft have collaborated, as Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 headset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 chip. Now, the pair will look to expand their relationship as the race to create AR glasses continues.
The partnership doesn’t stop at the glasses themselves, either. Amon continued by saying, “And we’re integrating into that chip platform software from both companies: the Microsoft Mesh platform, and the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR development platform. Snapdragon Spaces will be fully integrated into Microsoft Mesh, and this platform will be available for next-generation lightweight glasses.”
Rubén Caballero, Corporate Vice President of Mixed Reality for Microsoft, commented, “With services like Microsoft Mesh, we are committed to delivering the safest and most comprehensive set of capabilities to power metaverses that blend the physical and digital worlds, ultimately delivering a shared sense of presence across devices.”
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¹ “Qualcomm Announces Collaboration with Microsoft to Expand and Accelerate AR to Usher in New Gateways to the Metaverse,” Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., 04 January 2022.