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Qualcomm starts HMD accelerator programme

by on30 June 2017


Kickstarting VR 

Chipmaker Qualcomm has started an HMD accelerator programme to help VR device manufacturers develop premium standalone VR HMDs.

The programme is based around Qualcomm's standalone VR HMD reference design engineered to minimise software changes, hardware issues, and key component validation.

Qualcomm has added and validated several new hardware components to support more immersive VR experiences.

The company is working with Ximmerse on controllers to optimise Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile platforms for high-precision drift-free tracking and low latency.

Qualcomm is working on integrating Bosch Sensortec's BMX055 absolute orientation sensor for precise and high-frequency inertial measurements and OmniVision's OV9282, a 1-megapixel high-speed global shutter image sensor, for precise feature tracking.

But to solve the problem of a lack of decent VR content, Qualcomm has released the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR Development Kit (VRDK) and an upgraded Snapdragon VR Software Development Kit (SDK).

The first standalone VR HMDs based on the Daydream standalone VR headset reference design co-developed by Qualcomm and Google are expected to hit the market at the end of 2017. The Daydream standalone VR HMDs will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 VR platform.

Last modified on 30 June 2017
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