Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 Chipset Launched to Revolutionize AR Glasses

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Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 - chipset launch

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Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 platform, a custom chipset design for AR (Augmented Reality) glasses.

The latest chipset is part of the company’s XR (extended reality) family and was introduced alongside the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 flagship chipset and Qualcomm S3 and S5 Gen 2 chipsets at Snapdragon Summit 2022.

Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1

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The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 uses a multi-chip architecture that includes an AR processor, an AR co-processor, and a connectivity platform. This is to help AR glasses maintain better balance and weight as well as decrease the arm width on either side of the glasses.

  • AR processor handles perception and display ouput. This includes 6DoF and hand tracking with support for up to 9 cameras and an AI accelerator to reduce latency.
  • AR co-processor takes care of sensor aggregation, iris authentication for rendering, and AI and computer vision.
  • The Connectivity platform offers low latency of as low as 2ms, lower power, and support for Wi-Fi 7 thanks to the FastConnect 7800 system.

The company has managed to keep power usage under control and is said to power AR glasses while using less than 1W power.

Latency-sensitive tasks are handled on the glasses, while performance-heavy tasks are passed on to a Snapdragon-powered device or a PC.

Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 - chipset launch - features

Qualcomm worked closely with Microsoft while developing the Snapdragon AR2 platform. Among the companies that were mentioned to be developing glasses powered by the new chipset include Lenovo, LG, OPPO, QONOQ, Sharp, TCL, and Xiaomi.

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