Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 845 VR Headset Reference Platform

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon 845 VR Headset Reference Platform

The extended list of "leading mobile operator networks" where you'll soon be able to utilize 4G LTE technology "virtually anytime, anywhere" includes Australia's Telstra, China Mobile, France's Transatel, Germany's Deutsche Telekom, Ireland's Cubic, Spain's Telefonica, Switzerland's Swissom, and of course, T-Mobile and AT&T over in the paramount United States market. Qualcomm is showing off the 845 platform at Mobile World Congress, held next week in Barcelona, Spain. "The Snapdragon Mobile VR Platform lends itself to the highest possible level of performance to meet the high computing demands of the standalone VR product category", said Ash Jhaveri, Vice President of Business Development for Oculus and Facebook. The Snapdragon 845 central processing unit (CPU) will be coupled with the Adreno 630, a graphic processing subsystem that will enable bigger and better virtual worlds on mobile. This comprehensively integrated single-chip solution is created to offer manufacturers a highly efficient way of controlling and managing the truly wireless connection to the earbuds and is available in an ultra-small form factor wafer-level 4mm x 4mm CSP package along with a comprehensive suite of software (Audio Development Kit) to support the development of new generation, highly compact, feature-rich wireless earbuds and hearables.

The term "Roomscale" in the VR universe means the device is able to track and process both the location of the device and the body it's attached to, but not only that.

Of course, Qualcomm won't be making its own consumer version of the headset. It targets both smartphones with VR features and standalone VR headsets.

A reference design is a prototype that includes the chips and everything else needed to build a complete VR or AR system.

It is said to offer a 30% increase in performance, 30% improvement in power efficiency and more than double the display throughput of the Snapdragon 835. Key benefits include Gigabit 4G LTE connectivity, near-instantaneous wake from sleep, background downloads, and "all-day" battery life. In December, when the company introduced the new Snapdragon model, it also revealed Adreno Foveation, its take on foveated rendering. It keeps those parts of the picture sharp and clear, while the rest of the imagery outside of your field of view is blurry.

A surprise inclusion on the system is the addition of eye-tracking, styled for the sake of utilizing a technology that focuses high-resolution graphics on the center of your vision to account for the biology of how your eyes work. "The performance and flexibility of our solutions have directly supported the success of numerous most iconic headsets and headphones from leading consumer electronics brands", said Anthony Murray, senior vice president and general manager, voice & music, Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. That helps with tasks such as hand tracking. These features are now set to include "foveated rendering" (VR eye tracking) and support for room-scale VR experiences. "One of our key goals with VR is to enable good VR for the masses".

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