Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 chipset for top grade AR Glasses

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 chipset for top grade AR Glasses

Qualcomm has unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1, a chipset designed for augmented reality devices, shortly after launching the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship smartphone engine.

The new chip is marketed as “groundbreaking AR technology that will unlock a new generation of sleek, highly capable glasses.” and is a component of Qualcomm’s Extended Reality (XR) capabilities.

The business hopes to reinvent the head-worn glass form factor and introduce a new age of spatial computing experiences for the real-world/metaverse mix with this revolutionary chipset, which is developed from the ground up.

It is constructed using specialized IP blocks and a multi-chip distributed processing architecture. According to the manufacturer, the new platform uses 50% less power and offers 2.5 times the AI capability of the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1—making it perfect for AR glasses that draw less than 1W of power.

An AR CPU, an AR co-processor, and a connection platform make up the chipset. The AR processor supports up to nine concurrent cameras for user and environmental understanding while being tuned for minimal motion-to-photon delay. In order to enable features like eye tracking and iris identification for foveated rendering, the AR co-processor gathers input from linked cameras and sensors.

With regard to communication, the chip makes use of the FastConnect 7800 system and supports Wi-Fi 7 with a latency of under 2 milliseconds between the AR glasses and the smartphone or host device. In order to minimize latency and provide a better visual experience, it is also capable of offloading difficult operations to Snapdragon-powered smartphones, PCs, or other suitable host devices.

Qualcomm claims to be collaborating with a number of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Lenovo, LG, Oppo, TCL, Xiaomi, Pico, QONOQ, Rokid, Sharp, Tencent, and Vuzix, to launch a new line of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses that use the Snapdragon AR2 processor. We don’t yet know anything regarding the availability of any AR products from these businesses, but we anticipate learning more in the upcoming months.