According to Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, “We’re announcing that we’re developing a custom augmented reality Snapdragon chip for next-generation, power-efficient, very lightweight AR glasses for the Microsoft ecosystem, and we’re integrating into that chip platform software from both companies: the Microsoft Mesh platform, and the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Spaces XR development platform.”
Microsoft is known to be interested in wearable headsets. After all, the mixed reality headset was created by the corporation. However, in light of reports that Apple may be considering a move into the market, it appears that Microsoft and Qualcomm have chosen to collaborate. Qualcomm announced at its CES 2022 keynote address that it will collaborate with Microsoft on the development of a bespoke chipset that might be used to power future AR spectacles.
This is not the first time that Microsoft and Qualcomm have worked together. Previously, Microsoft had worked with Qualcomm which resulted in the SQ1 chipset that was used in the Surface Pro X. There is no word on when this headset is expected to be launched, but if the rumors are true and Apple is working on their own headset, it will be interesting to see how Qualcomm’s chipsets will hold up against Apple’s own hardware.