Meta and Qualcomm are working together to develop custom chipsets for virtual reality products, the companies announced on Friday.
Two US tech giants have signed a multi-year deal to “cooperate in a new era of spatial computing” using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon “Extended Reality” (XR) technology.
Augmented reality refers to technologies such as the virtual and augmented reality that blend the physical and digital worlds.
Engineering and product teams from both companies will work together to manufacture the chip, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform, they said in a statement.
Despite seeking to develop its own custom silicon for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality devices, the deal shows Meta’s reliance on Qualcomm technology.
The focus on Meta’s custom chip makes sense as it aims to differentiate the headset and potentially create a unique experience for its users.
“Unlike mobile phones, building virtual reality presents new multi-dimensional challenges in terms of spatial computing, cost, and form factor,” Mark Zuckerberg.
“These chipsets will help us push virtual reality to its limits and continue to deliver great experiences,” Tyler Yee spokesperson at Meta told Reuters.
The term of the agreement between the companies and the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed comes as he braces for the launch of a new virtual reality headset in October, despite losses in the Reality Labs division that includes his expanded VR business in the second quarter of this year.