Microsoft and Qualcomm teaming up for a wearable tech
Microsoft has long been interested in wearable headsets. This software company previously developed the HoloLens mixed reality headset.
Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Apple will also jump into the same field. It seems that Microsoft and Qualcomm have a common strategy to anticipate competition from Apple.
Announced at CES 2022, Qualcomm said it will work closely with Microsoft to develop custom chipsets that will be used to support future augmented reality (AR) eyewear products.
Qualcomm CEO, Cristiano Amon revealed, “We announced that we are currently developing a custom Snapdragon AR chipset for the next generation.”
Then he added :
“The chip is power-efficient and extremely lightweight for the Microsoft ecosystem and we will be integrating the chipset platform into software from both companies, namely the Microsoft Mesh platform and the recently announced Snapdragon Spaces XR platform.”
Previous collaboration’s of Microsoft and Qualcomm
Microsoft has also previously worked with Qualcomm to produce the SQ1 chipset used in the Surface Pro X. Unfortunately, as far as cooperation in developing a chipset for this AR headset is concerned, there is no final product release date yet.
Rumors says that Apple is developing its own headset, it will be interesting to see how Qualcomm’s chipsets compete with Apple’s hardware.
In early 2021, Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chipset at the Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021. As previously reported, this new chipset uses the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This chipset comes with a variety of premium features, ranging from 5G, AI, games, to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
According to SVP and General Manager of Mobile, Compute, and Infrastructure at Qualcomm Technologies, Alex Katouzian, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets a new standard for the next era of Android phones.
In short, this chipset will be adopted by a number of global OEMs. Such as Black Shark; Honor; iQOO; Motorola; Nubia; OnePlus; Oppo; Realme; Sharp; Sony Corporation; Vivo; Xiaomi; and ZTE.