Snapdragon XR1 is Qualcomm’s First VR/AR Optimized Chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform

Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon XR1 Platform at the Augmented World Expo (AWE). This is claimed to be the World’s first dedicated Extended Reality (XR) Platform. The Snapdragon XR1 has been designed specifically for augmented, virtual and mixed reality, allowing content in 4K and 30fps to be streamed to devices equipped with it.


Companies like Vive, Vuzix and Meta are already working on devices using the Snapdragon XR1.

The term XR is the Qualcomm’s own summary for Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality (AR, VR, MR), and the platform is to make it easier for manufacturers to build high-quality and especially adapted hardware. The new platform also brings an AI engine with it, so that artificial intelligence can also run on the headset.

Features of Snapdragon XR1 Platform

  • It includes an advanced XR software service layer
  • ARM-based multi-core Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Vector Processor
  • Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
  • Qualcomm’s AI Engine
  • Machine Learning
  • The Snapdragon XR Software Development Kit (SDK) and Qualcomm Technologies connectivity and security technologies.

It supports Ultra high-definition 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second, dual-display support, 3D overlays and also supports APIs including OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan.

Alex Katouzian, Senior VP and GM, Mobile Business Unit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. said-

As technology evolves and consumer demand grows, we envision XR devices playing a wider variety of roles in consumers’ and workers’ daily lives. By integrating powerful visuals, high-fidelity audio, and rich interactive experiences, XR1 will help create a new era of high-quality, mainstream XR devices for consumers.

As mentioned earlier, companies like Meta, Vuzix and Pico are the first partners, and HTC Vive is the best-known manufacturer currently on board and we could see their products based on XR1 this year.


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