Next-Level VR: Experience Unmatched Clarity with Qualcomm’s Latest 4.3k Resolution Eye Chip

Just ahead of CES, Qualcomm today announced the next generation of its Snapdragon XR platform, the aptly named XR2+ Gen 2. These include the Snapdragon AR chips, which, for example, power the Meta/Ray-Ban smart glasses. The line-up is a bit complicated, with the AR1 Gen 1 meant for smart glasses without a screen, the AR2 Gen 1 chips for AR-enabled smart glasses, as well as the XR1 and XR2 chips. The XR2+ Gen 2 is the new flagship of the series, besting the previously-released non-plus XR2 Gen 2, which “only” provided a 3k resolution. “Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 unlocks 4.3K resolution which will take XR productivity and entertainment to the next level by bringing spectacularly clear visuals to use cases such as room-scale screens, life-size overlays and virtual desktops,” said Hugo Swart, vice president and general manager of XR at Qualcomm.

In anticipation of the Consumer Electronics Show, Qualcomm has revealed its latest innovation, the XR2+ Gen 2, as part of their Snapdragon XR platform. This new and improved system-on-a-chip boasts impressive capabilities, including a maximum resolution of 4.3k per eye at 90 frames per second, along with a 2.5x boost in GPU performance and 8x greater AI performance. It also delivers a low latency of only 12 milliseconds for full-color video see-through experiences.

Over the past few years, Qualcomm has been diligently expanding their AR/VR/XR platform. This encompassed the development of specific chips, such as the Snapdragon AR series, which powers the innovative Meta/Ray-Ban smart glasses. The lineup can be somewhat complex, with the AR1 Gen 1 designed for screenless smart glasses, the AR2 Gen 1 for AR-enabled smart glasses, and the XR1 and XR2 chips. The XR2+ Gen 2 now takes the reins as the flagship of the series, surpassing the previous non-plus version of the XR2 Gen 2, which delivered a maximum resolution of 3k. It should be noted that Qualcomm will continue producing the existing chips as well.

“Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 2 unlocks 4.3K resolution, elevating XR productivity and entertainment to unprecedented levels with incredibly crisp visuals for applications like room-scale screens, life-size overlays, and virtual desktops,” explained Hugo Swart, the vice president and general manager of XR at Qualcomm. “This solidifies our commitment to powering the most exceptional XR devices and experiences that will truly revolutionize our immersive future.”

One exciting aspect of this announcement is that Qualcomm is not solely introducing their own reference architecture, but has also formed partnerships with major companies like Google and Samsung to integrate this platform into their respective ecosystems. Additional launch partners include HTC Vive, Immersed, and Play for Dream (formerly known as YVR, unrelated to the airport in Vancouver, Canada).

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