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Qualcomm and Microsoft collaborate to develop chips for AR glasses

Qualcomm and Microsoft are working together to develop custom Snapdragon chipsets for next-gen Microsoft AR glasses, the chipset maker announced at CES 2022.

The partnership will also result in the integration of Microsoft Mesh and Snapdragon Spaces XR developer platform. The custom AR chips developed by the joint effort will power new lightweight and more efficient AR glasses that deliver an immersive experience.

The collaboration shouldn’t surprise anyone as Snapdragon 850 already powers Microsoft’s Hololens 2. Qualcomm’s custom SQ1 and SQ2 processors also power the Surface Pro X.

“This collaboration reflects the next step in both companies’ shared commitment to XR and the metaverse. We are thrilled to work with Microsoft to help expand and scale the adoption of AR hardware and software across the entire industry,” said Hugo Swart, VP and GM of XR, Qualcomm Technologies.

Moreover, Qualcomm has been developing and investing more in the AR and VR chipset space, with the Snapdragon XR2 powering Oculus Quest 2.

“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. We look forward to working with Qualcomm Technologies to help the entire ecosystem unlock the promise of the metaverse,” said Rubén Caballero, corporate VP, Mixed Reality, Microsoft

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