CES 2022: Qualcomm, Microsoft working on a new chip for the metaverse


The metaverse is coming and companies are embracing the trend with open arms. The latest company to join the bandwagon is Qualcomm, which in partnership with Microsoft is developing a chip that will bring the ‘metaverse to the people’. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon announced that the company is working with Microsoft to develop custom augmented reality (AR) chipsets that can be used by consumers as new power-efficient, Lightweight AR will control glasses and companies alike to reach the metaverse.

He also said that the two companies will work on integrating their custom AR chips with software that can be used by developers to create virtual worlds in which users can work and play.
In addition to a dedicated AR chip and software platform, Qualcomm and Microsoft also plan to integrate software such as the Microsoft Mesh and Snapdragon Space XR developer platforms.

For starters, Microsoft Mesh is a new mixed reality (MR)-based platform powered by Azure that enables people in different physical locations to engage in collaborative and shared holographic experiences across a variety of devices. Introducing the platform at its Ignite conference last year, Microsoft envisioned Mesh to allow users to express themselves as avatars in a shared virtual world, with the ability to holoport their avatars to the latter. Then in November last year, the company rolled out support for Mesh in Microsoft Teams with the idea of ​​enabling users to join meetings as a holographic avatar for a shared virtual experience. Around the same time, Qualcomm introduced Snapdragon Space, a headwind augmented reality (AR) developer kit to enable the creation of immersive experiences.

Now, the two companies are working together to bring their individual expertise to develop an integrated chipset and accompanying software that will boost the devices’ AR capabilities.

“We’ve been talking for years about the potential of wearable augmented reality devices that will achieve massive success,” Qualcomm’s CEO said on the occasion.

“Our goal is to inspire and empower others to work collectively to develop the Metaverse future – a future that is based on trust and innovation,” said Rubén Caballero, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mixed Reality.

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