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The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Platform and Lightship AR Development Kit

Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Platform. The platform is based on the company’s newest architecture, which aims to bring performance improvements and features to sleek smart glasses, virtual reality headset, smartphones and tablets. It includes a multi-chip distributed processing architecture that is reportedly thinner and lighter than the previous one.

Multi-chip distributed processing architecture

Developed to power the next generation of augmented reality glasses, the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Platform is built on a multi-chip distributed processing architecture. It uses 40% less power and half the PCB area, while delivering 2.5x higher AI performance. It will offload complex data processing tasks to the host device, enabling head-worn augmented reality glasses to use less than 1W of power.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Platform is designed to power a new generation of sleek augmented reality glasses. It delivers 2.5x better AI performance, lower power consumption, and a form factor optimized for portability. It also features ultra-fast Wi-Fi 7 connectivity.

The platform features a new CPU, an AR coprocessor, and a connectivity platform. It’s built with a 4nm process and optimized for low motion-to-photon latency. It also supports up to nine concurrent cameras and a dedicated visual analytics block that can handle hardware-accelerated perception data.

Qualcomm has been focusing on mixed reality and augmented reality chipsets. It’s been developing a new reference design for Snapdragon chips, as well as a new development platform, Snapdragon Spaces. It will support open-source specifications and work with the most recent Snapdragon mobile devices.

The platform will support ultra-fast Wi-Fi 7 connectivity, enabling latency as low as two millimeters. It also has a FastConnect 7800 mobile connectivity system. Its embedded FastConnect XR Software Suite 2.0 helps reduce jitter and avoid unwanted interference. The company has also developed a reprojection engine block that stabilizes transmitted information and helps provide a smooth augmented reality experience.

Qualcomm’s new chipsets will be used on a variety of devices, including future AR glasses. They will feature nine cameras, WiFi 7, and a multi-chip distributed processing architecture. 

The company has not revealed much about the CPU, though it’s designed for Windows on ARM. It’s also expected to integrate across Qualcomm’s platforms. Its main AR processor features custom blocks that were designed specifically for AR. The AI accelerator includes object recognition, hand tracking, and image classification.

Thinner and lighter than Snapdragon XR2

Qualcomm announced also the first generation of its Snapdragon XR2 platform and it’s got quite a few tricks up its sleeve. The new chip is said to boast a 2x CPU performance boost, 4x video throughput and 11x faster AI processing. It also comes with integrated 5G, which is a boon for AR/VR headsets that can be used outside of the home. Moreover, the chip also supports up to seven camera feeds and can support a 90Hz refresh rate.

In addition to the chip, Qualcomm also unveiled a new reference design for wireless augmented reality glasses. The XR2 reference model has a few noteworthy features including dual micro-OLED binocular displays, six degrees of freedom head tracking and 1920 x 1080 resolution per eye. It’s also 40% thinner than the previous iteration and boasts a more even weight distribution. It also notably has dual monochrome cameras that enable gesture recognition.

On top of the new chips, Qualcomm also announced the first-ever smartphones based on the latest version of the company’s flagship mobile platform, the Snapdragon 8x. They will be available later this year. While it’s not clear yet whether they’ll be available for purchase or will have to be built-in to the next wave of Android phones, it’s clear that this new family of mobile chips will power the next wave of AR/VR devices. The company has announced plans to launch a line of AR/VR headsets to complement its smartphone offerings. The company also recently unveiled a new wireless AR glasses reference design that should inspire its mobile and wearables partners. It’s still too early to tell if the new devices will be a hit or miss. It’s also worth noting that the chipset is still a work in progress and that an updated version of Pico 4 will have to make its way onto the market in 2023. In all, the new Snapdragon XR2 platform is a big win for Qualcomm and a significant improvement over the previous iteration. Moreover, it’s not hard to imagine a world in which these glasses become a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives.

WiFi 7 support

Qualcomm announced a family of Wi-Fi 7 capable platforms. The chips are based on a distributed processing architecture. The technology enables multiple high-speed links to coexist, which allows for higher throughput. These links could be used by a PC, smartphone, or even a head-worn device.

The chips are also designed to be power efficient. Qualcomm claims that the chip can function with less than one watt of power. The company says that the chip also features lag reduction in its co-processor. The company will not provide any details about the foundry producing the chip, but it will be built on a 4nm process node. The chip is also designed to be able to handle latency-sensitive perception data.

The chips also feature spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. Qualcomm says that the chips can deliver lossless audio at 48ms latency. The chips also feature multi-chip architecture. The processor includes a CPU, an AI accelerator, graphics, and connectivity module. It also features a custom engine for visual analytics.

Snapdragon XR2+ Gen 1 will combine virtual reality and mixed reality. It will also deliver up to 50% higher sustained power. The chip is also capable of delivering a 30 percent increase in thermal performance.

The chips also feature multi-chip architecture, which improves the processing power of the device. The chip also features a custom engine for visual analytics and an optimized Qualcomm Spectra(tm) ISP. This system also supports the fastest Wi-Fi 7 technology. It comes with an embedded FastConnect XR Software Suite 2.0 that helps developers to control XR data, prevent interference, and increase throughput. The software suite also reduces latency and jitter.

The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is a significant step forward in Qualcomm’s extended reality portfolio. It uses a distributed processing architecture to optimize workloads, allowing for less heat, a smaller PCB, and less power consumption. It also supports iris authentication for foveated rendering. The chip is designed to be compact and power-efficient, and it can handle latency-sensitive perception data. The chips are also designed to be used in glasses that consume less than one watt of power.

Niantic’s Lightship Visual Positioning System

Developed by Niantic, Lightship is a new augmented reality development kit for Android and iOS. Featuring a 3D AR world map, it helps users create immersive AR experiences. The system allows for centimeter-level accuracy in location and tracking. In addition to allowing for a dynamic 3D AR world map, Lightship also provides a suite of augmented reality tools for developers.

The new AR system was shown off during the Niantic Lightship Summit held in San Francisco. During the event, the company also announced a new outdoor AR headset reference design. This headset will work with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform. This reference design showcases Niantic’s vision for heads-up outdoor play.

The new reference design is designed to work with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon AR2 Gen1 platform, but it will evolve over time. The company also plans to develop reference designs for next-generation AR headsets.

Niantic and Qualcomm are working together to create a standard for hardware. They are also working on a way to create lightweight mobile tech for thousands of Android mobile partners.

Niantic’s Lightship VPS is a platform that provides developers with augmented reality tools to create multi-user AR experiences. It also allows developers to persist their AR content. In addition to allowing for persistent AR content, Lightship VPS also allows for content synchronization for multiplayer experiences. It also provides developers with physics for enhanced interactions. In the future, Niantic plans to allow for the same content to be shared by different users. This could allow for persistent AR content at a large scale.

Niantic also announced a new social application called Campfire. This application will act as the home page for Niantic’s “real-world metaverse.” It will also act as a social network, allowing players to discover other players in their area. This platform will also connect players to publicly accessible places.

Niantic has created Lightship VPS maps for more than 30,000 public locations around the world. These maps are used to create short video snippets of real-world locations, which are then processed into a detailed AR map. Niantic also plans to crowdsource mapping data from devices, which will expand the VPS map.

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