July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Qualcomm announced a new reference design for wireless AR glasses on Friday.
  • It uses split processing between your smartphone and the glasses, which run on the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 SoC.
  • The Qualcomm AR glasses support Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with less than 3ms latency between phone and glasses.
  • XR companies will likely use the design to make their own AR glasses.

Since 2016, Qualcomm has created VR and AR “reference designs” showcasing the capabilities of their XR chips, which VR companies use as a blueprint to create their own hardware. Oculus, Google, Pico, HTC, and other brands have all taken inspiration from Qualcomm, as well as Snapdragon chips.

So when the chipmaker releases a new design along with new silicon, it gives us a solid prediction of what consumer tech will look like in the next couple of years.