Meta has announced a partnership with mobile chip company Qualcomm to produce chips for the Metaverse market. The agreement will allow Meta to use Qualcomm XR technology designed for augmented and virtual reality applications to design and manufacture silicon that will be used in future Meta VR applications, including future headsets for the Meta Search line of products.
Qualcomm and Meta to bring Metaverse to chips
While the Metaverse company has so far focused on the software computing equation, Meta is making moves to bring more efficient and powerful chips to its products. The company has now partnered with Qualcomm, one of the world’s largest mobile chip companies, to help it produce silicon designed to perform a variety of functions.
The custom chips use Qualcomm’s XR technology, which includes virtual reality and augmented reality functions. Commenting on the importance of this partnership, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said:
Building on our shared leadership in XR, this agreement will enable our companies to deliver best-in-class tools and experiences to transform how we work, play, learn, create and interact in a fully authenticated metaverse.
The multi-year agreement was announced without numbers, and each company’s engineering teams will enhance their collaboration to achieve shared VR goals, according to the press release.
Custom silicone to move forward
The current generation Meta Quest 2 headphones use Qualcomm XR chips, a technology derived from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, a chip that was introduced in 2019. Compared to chips designed for more traditional mobile functions.
About the development, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced:
As we continue to build more advanced capabilities and experiences for virtual and augmented reality, it has become even more important to build specialized technologies to power our future VR headsets and other devices. As with mobile phones, building virtual reality poses new, multi-dimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost and form factor.
Zuckerberg confirmed that the new generation of Meta Quest headphones will use chips developed by this partnership.
Qualcomm’s interest in Metaverse isn’t new either, as the company launched a $100 million Metaverse fund in March to deploy capital into virtual reality and meta venture investments. Qualcomm’s CEO described the Metaverse industry as a “huge” opportunity to create a new market.
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