Meta, Qualcomm sign agreement on custom virtual reality chips
Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) consented to an agreement to have chip-creator Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality (VR) gadgets, the organizations declared at a buyer hardware meeting in Berlin on Friday.
The designing and item groups of the two organizations will cooperate to create the chips, fueled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon stages, they said in a proclamation.
The agreement shows the reliance of Meta, known as Facebook until keep going year, on Qualcomm’s innovation even as it attempts to foster custom silicon of its own for its virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices.
“Unlike mobile phones, building VR brings novel multidimensional challenges in spatial computing, cost and form factor,” Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a video message.
“We are still in the early stages of the metaverse and this sort of deep technical integration will help VR move towards being a multifunctional computing platform,” he said.
Meta has been putting vigorously in technologies like pass-through goggles and augmented reality glasses as it attempts to rejuvenate Zuckerberg’s vision for the metaverse, an idea including an immersive set of digital worlds.
It has depended on Qualcomm’s chips for its VR gadgets for a really long time, including for its most recent Quest2 headset.
The chipsets created through the cooperation won’t be selective to Meta, however will be upgraded explicitly for Quest’s framework determinations, Meta representative Tyler Yee told Reuters.
Monetary terms of the arrangement were not revealed.
The understanding covers just VR gadgets, Yee said, and Meta will keep attempting to foster its very own portion silicon solutions.
“There could be situations where we use off-the-shelf silicon or work with industry partners on customizations, while also exploring our own novel silicon solutions. There could also be scenarios where we use both partner and custom solutions in the same product,” said Yee.