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Microsoft, Qualcomm Partner on Custom AR Chipsets

Posted January 4, 2022 | AR | augmented reality | Hardware | HoloLens | Metaverse | mixed reality | Mobile | MR | Windows | Windows Mixed Reality

Qualcomm announced today that it is partnering with Microsoft on custom chipsets for augmented reality (AR) solutions.

“This collaboration reflects the next step in both companies’ shared commitment to XR and the metaverse,” Qualcomm vice president Hugo Swart said. “Qualcomm Technologies’ core XR strategy has always been delivering the most cutting-edge technology, purpose-built chipsets [for the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform] and enabling the ecosystem with our software platforms and hardware reference designs. We are thrilled to work with Microsoft to help expand and scale the adoption of AR hardware and software across the entire industry.”

Details are a bit sparse. The solutions will target both consumer and enterprise customers and they will result in “a new wave of power-efficient, lightweight AR glasses to deliver rich and immersive experiences.” The firms will also Microsoft Mesh and the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform.

“Our goal is to inspire and empower others to collectively work to develop the metaverse future – a future that is grounded in trust and innovation,” said Microsoft corporate vice president of Mixed Reality Rubén Caballero. “With services like Microsoft Mesh, we are committed to delivering the safest and most comprehensive set of capabilities to power metaverses that blend the physical and digital worlds, ultimately delivering a shared sense of presence across devices. We look forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies to help the entire ecosystem unlock the promise of the metaverse.”

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