The new of smartglasses

Qualcomm on Tuesday debuted its groundbreaking Snapdragon 835 system on a chip at CES.

Following the 835 launch, the company joined Osterhout Design Group in unveiling two new ODG augmented reality headsets, the R-8 and R-9, which are the first Snapdragon 835-powered devices to be announced.

The Snapdragon SoC is the first chip built using the ultra-advanced 10nm FinFET process node, said Qualcomm spokesperson Liz Sweeney.

The Snapdragon 835 is 35 percent smaller and consumes 25 percent less power than its predecessors, which “equates to longer battery life and thinner designs,” she told TechNewsWorld.

The SoC is “designed for advanced AR/VR capabilities, cutting-edge camera capabilities, and enables biometric security capabilities,” Sweeney noted.

A Game ChangerThe Snapdragon 835 opens the door to a whole new connected future. Qualcomm has teamed up with Ericsson and AT&T to drive widespread adoption of 5G.

“We are actively working with industry leaders around the world to test 5G and 5G NR technologies,” Sweeney said.

The Snapdragon 835 has an integrated Qualcomm X16 gigabit LTE modem, and “it’s possible for a premium-tier 800 series Snapdragon processor with integrated gigabit LTE modem to be used in 5G mobile devices,” she explained.

The Snapdragon 835 “represents a change in strategy for Qualcomm,” said Jim McGregor, a principal analyst at Tirias Research.

It’s “the first generation of chipsets resulting from a new collaboration with ARM,” he told TechNewsWorld.

The Kyro processor used in the 835 employs ARM cores optimized for Qualcomm rather than Qualcomm processor cores, which “will free up resources to optimize future Qualcomm-designed processors for other processors for other applications,” McGregor explained.

“That’s a game changer,” he said.


ODG’s AR/VR Headsets

To develop AR-enabled mobile computing and entertainment applications for the R-8 and R-9 smartglasses, ODG has teamed with 21st Century Fox, which is also an investor; cloud rendering company OTOY; and PTC, which provides the Vuforia AR platform.

The R-8 and R-9 “are self-contained fully loaded computers,” said Nima Shams, VP of headworn at ODG.