Qualcomm unveils a reference headset featuring its Snapdragon XR2 platform

Qualcomm unveiled late last year the Snapdragon XR2 platform, its first 5G chipset for mixed reality that introduces a huge increase in GPU and CPU performance, seven concurrent cameras, and more. Today, the company announced a reference design headset based on that platform.

The reference design is meant to demonstrate how the XR2 will work in an extended reality (XR) headset. In addition to its 5G support and performance improvements, Qualcomm's latest XR platform also features 8K 360-degree video playback and a computer vision processor. Goertek developed the reference design device with the goal of helping manufacturers scale and build AR, VR and MR devices for commercial use.

Qualcomm claims that the reference design boasts twice the CPU and GPU performance, four times the video bandwidth, six times higher resolution and eleven times the AI improvements. Other features include an IR emitter for hand and head tracking with simultaneous localization and mapping. There's also an electromagnetic tracking system from Northern Digital for low latency 6DoF controller and peripheral device tracking. Additionally, it features 3D audio and voice commands, as well as 2Kx2K per eye dual panel LCD support.

The XR2 reference design provides end-to-end XR over 5G networks with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System in order to help manufacturers build 5G XR devices. The company says its reference design will be available for select partners in the coming months.

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