Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 announcement poster with smart glassses and smartphone on red background

Qualcomm debuts Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 for thin, high-performance AR glasses

The chipset will appear on upcoming AR glasses from Lenovo, Nreal, LG, Oppo, TCL, Xiaomi, and more!

Alongside its latest smartphone SoC, Qualcomm debuted a new AR platform for next-generation smart AR glasses during its ongoing Snapdragon Summit today. The new Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is part of Qualcomm’s extended reality (XR) portfolio and brings several improvements over the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 from 2019. However, unlike the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 and the recent XR2 Plus Gen 1, the new platform is designed Just to enhance augmented reality experiences.

The new Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is built from the ground up on a multi-chip distributed processing architecture combined with dedicated IP blocks. Qualcomm claims that the new platform delivers 2.5 times better AI performance than the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 while consuming 50% less power, making it ideal for augmented reality glasses that draw less than 1W of power.

Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 architecture graphic with Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 icon.

The Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 multi-chip architecture consists of an AR processor, an AR coprocessor, and a communication platform. Qualcomm says that the AR processor is Optimized for low latency Motion-to-Photon with support for up to nine simultaneous cameras for user and environment understanding. Enhanced perception capabilities include a custom hardware acceleration engine that improves user motion tracking and localization, and an AIR accelerator to reduce latency for sensitive input interactions such as manual tracking Or 6DoF and projection engine for a smoother experience.”

An AR co-processor aggregates data from connected cameras and sensors, enabling features like eye tracking and iris authentication for great viewing. It optimizes workloads to focus only on where the user is looking, reducing power consumption. Finally, the connectivity platform uses the FastConnect 7800 system to unlock a Wi-Fi 7 connection with a latency of less than 2ms between AR glasses and a smartphone or host device.

Qualcomm Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 background graphic on a red background.

Qualcomm also adds that the Snapdragon AR2 Gen 1 is able to offload complex tasks to compatible Snapdragon smartphones, PCs, or other host devices to reduce latency and deliver a smoother visual experience. The platform is also Snapdragon Spaces ready, which means developers can use the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform to create immersive AR content for augmented reality glasses that feature the new chip.

Qualcomm is working with several OEMs, including Lenovo, LG, Nreal, Oppo, Pico, QONOQ, Rokid, Sharp, TCL, Tencent, Vuzix, and Xiaomi, to bring a new generation of smart augmented reality glasses featuring the Snapdragon AR2 processor to market. Currently, these OEMs have not shared any details about their upcoming smart glasses. But we expect to know more in the coming months.