Monday, 18 June, 2018

Qualcomm shows what's possible for mobile VR with the Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm shows what's possible for mobile VR with the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm shows what's possible for mobile VR with the Snapdragon 845
Terence Owen | 22 February, 2018, 00:59

Qualcomm will be showing off this latest reference headset at MWC, and while it won't be available for consumers to purchase, it should give us a clear picture of what to expect from VR as we make our way through 2018.

The trial took place on Japanese operator KDDI's public Wi-Fi network at a train station in Tokyo, using Qualcomm's 845 Mobile Platforms and Ruckus Wireless access points. "By collaborating with Qualcomm and leveraging our internal hardware and software innovations, HTC has been able to deliver an uncompromising VR experience with the Vive Focus premium standalone VR headset".

Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR platform, which looks to be more power-efficient and powerful than its predecessor.

The headset will rely on smartphones equipped with its latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, such as the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2, to provide the horsepower for the VR experience. According to Engadget, it will also be 30 percent faster and boast a 30 percent boost to overall power efficiency compared to the previous Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset.

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The 845 platform will bring some much-needed improvements to mobile VR. It also features six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking with SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) to follow users around a room without the need for base stations. "The Snapdragon Mobile VR Platform lends itself to the highest possible level of performance to meet the high computing demands of the standalone VR product category", said Ash Jhaveri, Vice President of Business Development for Oculus and Facebook. Qualcomm was an early pioneer in the concept of true wireless stereo a technology that is created to completely eliminate the need for wires, not only between the media source and the headphones, but also between the left and right earbuds, offering users a wire-free stereo audio experience and supporting new use cases like hearables.

Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 820E embedded platform.

The 845 platform also includes a digital signal processor for measuring, filtering, or compressing analog signals.

But the key to a good VR experience is movement tracking, which is why the Snapdragon 845 VR headset comes equipped with a suite of cameras. "We know we can't do that with a $2,000 (PC-focused) setup".

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