Qualcomm launches new wireless AR smart glasses reference design

Qualcomm announced the release of a reference design for wireless AR smart glasses powered by the Snapdragon® XR2 platform, marking another milestone in advancing XR as a next-generation computing platform.

According to reports, the new generation of reference design has two major highlights:

One is better performance and a sleeker look: the flagship Snapdragon XR2 platform, built for XR devices, now brings powerful performance in the form of small, thin AR glasses. The AR reference design hardware developed by Goertek Co., Ltd. is 40% smaller in size and has a more ergonomically balanced weight distribution, thereby improving the wearing comfort. Seeya Technology's dual micro-OLED binocular displays, supporting 1920x1080 monocular resolution up to 90Hz and zero-motion-blur (no-motion-blur) features, will help create a seamless AR experience. Two monochrome cameras and one RGB camera on AR smart glasses support six degrees of freedom (6DoF) head tracking, hand tracking, and gesture recognition for AR precision.

The second is true wireless XR: This reference design uses a system-level solution that supports a wireless discrete processing architecture to distribute the computational load between the smartphone and AR glasses. For a truly immersive AR experience, the device supports less than 3ms latency between smartphone and AR glasses. With the FastConnect 6900 mobile connectivity system solution, this reference design provides comprehensive Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth connectivity, providing users with the fastest speeds and wider coverage commercially available. Used with the new Qualcomm FastConnect XR software suite, system integrators, and application developers can benefit from the following optimizations:

  • Optimized priority channel access and better load control for XR loads, reducing "action-rendering-display (M2R2P)" latency, reducing jitter, and avoiding unnecessary interference.
  • Power modes designed for low-power operation enable a more durable and stable XR experience without affecting latency.

Qualcomm said that the wireless reference design will help OEMs and ODMs create more seamless experience and cost-effective prototypes, and then launch lightweight, top-of-the-line AR glasses, enabling an immersive experience that opens up the metaverse. Through the combination of top technology and innovative product forms, Qualcomm will continue to meet the needs of diversified consumer and enterprise customers, and help promote the large-scale expansion of AR to the broad mass market. The wireless AR smart glasses reference design is available to select partners now, with more expected in the coming months.

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