Qualcomm responds to the demands of the market in the medium and long term with a new processor designed specifically to be mounted in augmented reality devices, creating a spin off in its range of Qualcomm XR extended reality products.
Qualcomm seems to have gained momentum, and after renewing its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors , it now presents its innovations in augmented reality processing that will be in such great demand with the arrival of the different metaverse modalities with its Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 processor .The semiconductor manufacturer is not a newcomer in this field and, in fact, it already has a line of XR ( Xtended Reality ) processors dedicated to virtual reality such as the Qualcomm XR2+ that we can find in products such as the Meta Quest Pro .
Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 processors specialize in responding to the needs for miniaturization, connectivity and energy savings necessary to develop augmented reality glasses with smaller dimensions and weight.” We built Snapdragon AR2 to address the unique challenges of AR and provide industry-leading processing, AI and connectivity that can fit inside a sleek form factor, ” said Hugo Swart, vice president of XR product management at Qualcomm.
The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 are made up of three components, so that they can be integrated into different parts of the augmented reality glasses, forming a distributed processing architecture between the different co-processors.
The result is a main processor that takes up 40% less space to make possible augmented reality glasses closer to what conventional glasses would be.
The new platform not only occupies less physical space within wearables for augmented reality, they also consume up to 50% less energy , standing at 1 W of consumption, and offer 2.5 times higher performance than the previous platform.
This lower consumption favors the use of smaller batteries, so the glasses of the future that include this platform will reduce their weight and allow them to be used for longer without being annoying.