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Meta, Qualcomm team on metaverse chips

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By Rich Pell

Qualcomm Technologies and Meta Platforms have announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a new era of spatial computing powered by Snapdragon extended reality (XR) platforms and technologies for the Meta Quest platform. Building on previous virtual reality collaboration over the last seven years, most recently with the Meta Quest 2 VR headset, the agreement solidifies the mutual commitment to deliver multiple generations of premium devices and experiences powered by custom VR platforms in the years to come, say the companies.

“By partnering with Meta, we are bringing together two of the world’s metaverse leaders to revolutionize the future of computing for billions of people in the coming years,” says Cristiano Amon, president and chief executive officer, Qualcomm Incorporated. “Building off our joint leadership in XR, this agreement will allow our companies to deliver best-in-class devices and experiences to transform how we work, play, learn, create and connect in a fully realized metaverse.”

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Meta says, “We’re working with Qualcomm Technologies on customized virtual reality chipsets – powered by Snapdragon XR platforms and technology – for our future roadmap of Quest products. As we continue to build more advanced capabilities and experiences for virtual and augmented reality, it has become more important to build specialized technologies to power our future VR headsets and other devices. Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality brings novel, multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost, and form factor. These chipsets will help us keep pushing virtual reality to its limits and deliver awesome experiences.”

According to reports, while the chipsets produced through the collaboration will not be exclusive to Meta, they will be optimized specifically for Quest’s system specifications. The Meta Quest 2 headset currently uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset. Meta has announced that it is planning to launch a new virtual reality headset in October.

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