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Launch of 5G chipsets by Qualcomm for AR/VR Headsets

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is all set to transform the way users used to access technology. The headsets can take you to places and show things that don't even exist in the real world. Qualcomm's all-new AR/VR tech brings 5G support and caters to the needs of standalone VR, AR headsets.

Qualcomm claims that the XR2 chip is in line with the company's new mobile chips, including the most awaited Snapdragon 865, 765, and 765G. These chipsets support 5G mobile network connectivity. Qualcomm believes that the future of mobile devices is an aggregate of different display technologies. The VR headsets can be used for various uses cases, right from web browsing, to recipe tutorials and even GPS navigation.

In an official statement, Qualcomm said, "Multiple OEMs are committed to commercializing devices with the Snapdragon XR2 Platform, and other customers are in various stages of prototyping and evaluation."

The XR2 5G platform is designed to support 3K x 3K displays at 90Hz. It will offer accelerated AI processing, and work with up to seven simultaneous camera feeds. The XR2 is a successor to the Snapdragon XR1 which was made especially for the low-end AR and VR headsets.

The latest iteration of the chipset targets high-end standalone headsets including Oculus Quest 2, Magic Leap 2, and similar next-generation devices. The new platform offers notable improvements. Qualcomm claims that the CPU and GPU performance by 2x, pixel throughput for video playback by 4x, and up to 6x resolution per-eye compared to Snapdragon 835.

The simultaneous camera will support advanced tracking, both for the environment and the user. Oculus Quest features four cameras that can track the position of headset and controllers. XR2 offers low-latency pass-through, which improves the pass-through video experience on high-end headsets.

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