Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 – Qualcomm built its AR2 Gen 1 chipset from the ground up to get small (4nm) yet powerful. In addition to launching the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset for flagship phones, Qualcomm also introduced the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1. The chipset introduced on the second day of the Snapdragon Summit with the theme Beyond Mobile is specifically designed for AR (augmented reality) glasses. This chipset is claimed to change the current AR industry.
Qualcomm built its AR2 Gen 1 chipset from the ground up to get small (4nm) yet powerful. This aims to allow the chipset to be embedded in glasses with smaller bezels, which are also stylish. “The AR glasses currently on the market are large and uncomfortable to wear. The design is also far from cool,” said Hugo Swart, VP of XR Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.
AR glasses powered by Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 look stylish and sleek, shown in the teaser in the middle of today’s Snapdragon Summit. Interestingly, the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 processor embedded in AR glasses has three parts: the AR Processor (main processor), AR Co-Processor, and Connectivity.
The three chipset parts are each embedded in the right stalk, bridge, and left stalk. The architecture that Qualcomm will implement in its AR glasses aims to make the glasses have a balanced weight.
Qualcomm claims that its newest AR chipset, which the Hexagon processor reinforces, has 2.5x better AI capabilities but is up to 50% more efficient. This chipset also supports low-latency connectivity and Wi-Fi 7 technology. This allows devices with the Snapdragon AR2 Gen1 chipset to process data directly on the glasses, or transfer data to smartphones or other devices that already support the same technology, for example, Snapdragon-powered phones. 8 Gen 2 to get real-time results.
The Snapdragon AR2 Gen1 is currently in development with several exclusive partners, including Lenovo, Niantic, LG, Nreal, OPPO, Pico, QONOQ, Rokid, Sharp, TCL, Vizux, and Xiaomi.
“Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is part of the extended reality (XR) portfolio. This chipset is here to support the metaverse platform and help OEM partners revolutionize AR glasses,” added Hugo.