September opens Qualcomm, American company that designs and markets wireless telecomunications products and services headquartered in San Diego, making its way into the virtual reality arena with the announcement of the introduction of its first virtual reality (VR) reference platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820.
Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820: features
The new platform, developed in partnership with the Chinese firm Goertek, is based on Snapdragon 820 processor, the latest addition of the omonymous suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products designed and marketed for mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and smartbooks.
Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 will enable OEMs to quickly develop standalone head mounted displays (HMDs) optimized for VR contents and applications, while meeting the processing and performance demands of an “all in one” dedicated VR headset.
Among the main features of the new platform, wich to enhance the visual quality uses a Qualcomm Adreno 530 Gpu, there are an integrated eye tracking with two cameras, with 1440×1440 per eye resolution with a display refresh rate at 70 Fps, a “motion to photon” latency under 18 ms, a Dual Qualcomm Spectra camera with six degrees of freedom (6DOF), four microphones, gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer sensors.
On the market by the end of the year
Developed thanks to the Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit announced last March, the new platform will be on the market in the fourth quarter of 2016 and can be the springboard for OEMs and developers to usher in “the next generation of truly portable and untethered devices that we think are necessary for mass consumer adoption of VR”, with the first commercial devices based on the Qualcomm’s platform expected to be available shortly thereafter.
According to Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm Technologies (which materially developed Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820), the new platform integrates key technologies developed over years of of smartphones and tablets innovations and has features that can guarantee “an exceptional VR experience” the the new generation of customers moving further away from traditional distribution content platforms like television.
The first commercial devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon VR820 are expected to be on sales between the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. If you wanna keep updated, keep following Mondivirtuali.it, even through our account on Twitter and our fanpage on Facebook (but remember: Mondivirtuali is also on Flickr, on Pinterest, on Scoop.it, on Paper.li and also on Youtube). Share this article, you will help us to follow always better topics that you are interested in!