Qualcomm Unveils Reference Design For VR Headset Powered by Snapdragon 845


The Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design was announced on February 21st, 2018. The AI Engine will be supported on Snapdragon 845, 835, 820 and 660 mobile platforms, with cutting-edge on-device AI processing found in the Snapdragon 845.

Probably the most attention-worthy of them all is the official introduction of a Snapdragon 845 mobile VR reference design, aiming to "fuel next-generation VR experiences".

The various parts now occupying one roof include hardware architectures, like the Adreno GPU, software components, such as the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine and Android Neural Networks API, and finally frameworks, like TensorFlow and TensorFlow Lite. This translates to 30 percent faster graphics performance, 30 percent better power efficiency, and more than twice as much display throughput compared to the Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform.

The new platform will also support what the company calls Roomscale tracking, using inside-out 6-DoF (degrees of freedom) tracking with SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) to follow your body and the room you're in.

One of the components is the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE), a framework created to make it easier for developers to choose which Snapdragon core - the Hexagon Vector Processor, Adreno GPU, or Kryo CPU - to use for AI-enabled applications. Qualcomm's Broadcast Audio technology for the Snapdragon 845 allows smartphones, tablets, and laptops to beam a single Bluetooth audio stream to multiple headsets and speakers with "near ideal synchronization".

In addition to the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm's Broadcast Audio is supported on the company's Bluetooth Audio system-on-chips, which include the CSR8670, CSR8675, CSRA68100 and the recently announced QCC5100 low power Bluetooth audio SoC Series. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT - including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables.

At the heart of the new platform is the Adreno 360 visual processor subsystem. It's not clear when exactly we will see products based on Qualcomm's upgraded VR reference platform. "Qualcomm's technology, coupled with Oculus' expertise opens up lots of possibilities to bring people the best standalone VR".

According to Qualcomm, it's technology has been used by customers to launch more than 20 devices across standalone head-mounted displays and VR/AR-capable smartphones.

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