Qualcomm launches reference design for Snapdragon Smart Viewer

Qualcomm launches reference design for Snapdragon Smart Viewer VR 360 is a news, analysis and opinion site devoted to virtual reality technology, promoting thought leadership from leading brands and platforms and collaborating with industry bloggers to deliver insight, reviews and strategy for all aspects of the ecosystem, from developers to CIOs.

Qualcomm Technologies has announced the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design, which is a VR form factor built together with Goertek on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform. The Reference Design, launched at the Augmented World Expo 2019 in California, helps in decreasing the time taken in product development of both AR and VR smart viewers.

Hugo Swart, head of XR at Qualcomm, said: “The Snapdragon Smart Viewer Reference Design takes advantage of the XR1 processing power and allows both consumers and the enterprise to access an enhanced content offering. By distributing the workload and tapping into the compute power of host devices via tethering to users’ smartphone or PC, the reference designs’ additional features like eye tracking and 6DoF controllers unlock a deeper level of XR immersion.”

At the Computex 2019 event in Taipei earlier this week, Qualcomm introduced the first 5G laptop developed in collaboration with Lenovo, as part of their joint effort dubbed as ‘Project Limitless’. The laptop is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor, paired with the Snapdragon x55 5G modem, featuring 7GBps transfer speeds.

Johnson Jia, SVP and GM, consumer business of Lenovo’s intelligent devices group, said at the time: “With real 5G in a PC, it’s all about satisfying users’ need for speed: faster file transfers and streaming in 4K, 8K and even AR/VR; faster and higher quality video chats on-the-go; even faster screen refreshes for mobile gaming. When we say limitless connectivity, we mean it – 5G PC users the world-over will save time, stay productive, or get online entertainment from nearly anywhere, at any time.”

Last month, Qualcomm Technologies launched the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program – the company’s latest smart cities accelerator programme – with a particular focus on community, aimed at fostering a rich ecosystem of B2B collaborations to expedite the development and deployment of smart cities solutions around the globe.

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