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Qualcomm launches the first Extended Reality (XR) glasses with 5G support

THE Qualcomm Technologies today announced its new extended reality headset design (XR) based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform, this being the first XR reference design 5G enabled. The new headsets promise more performance, immersion and interactivity, in addition to simplifying complex technologies to bring the features of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) to end consumers. Qualcomm is planning to make the new technology available in 2020.

Powered by the Snapdragon XR2 platform, the reference design has 2x CPU and GPU performance, 4x more video bandwidth, 6x higher resolution and 11x AI (Artificial Intelligence) improvement compared to the current XR platform. The reference design supports up to seven cameras: two internal cameras to support eye tracking and four external cameras, two RGB cameras for MRI experiments and two for tracking. With that, partners can choose different configurations with a additional camera for facial and lip tracking or a second monochrome camera for tracking the controller.

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It includes support for 5G and seven cameras

The Snapdragon XR2 arrives for the first time in an XR headset, and offers a 5G with X55 5G Modem-RF to allow partners to develop compatible 5G XR devices. The solution has native support for 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz. The reference design has been tested and validated on Ericsson's 5G infrastructure, providing low latency connection.

In addition to the components, the model includes an IR emitter for manual tracking and head tracking with simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM). Other feature capabilities include 3D audio and voice commands and dual 2Kx2K LCD panel support for each eye. The project has Atraxa electromagnetic tracking technology from Northern Digital Inc. (NDI), which allows an accurate, low-latency 6DoF controller and tracking peripheral devices without line of sight restrictions.

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