Qualcomm collaborating with Bosch Sensortec, OmniVision & Ximmerse
Qualcomm has made an official announcement on collaborating with three companies to fulfill its mobile VR goals. The three companies with which Qualcomm has entered a partnership are Bosch Sensortec, OmniVision, and Ximmerse.
Bosch Sensortec’s BMX055 orientation sensor will be used in Head Mounted Display (HMD) Accelerator Program by Qualcomm. It includes various kinds of sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer.
The U.S. based chip maker will be using OmniVision’s 1-megapixel OV9282 image sensor enabled with a high-speed shutter in HMD Accelerator Program (HAP). It will be also equipped with Ximmerse’s controllers that are optimized for use with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets for mobile devices. Also, the Flip controllers from Ximmerse will deliver lower latency and drift-free tracking with accurate precision.
The program provides VR OEMs with reference products, tools and other resources that can help them to release VR hardware in short time. The Virtual Reality Development Kit and VR reference headset that is based on Snapdragon 835 are some items that are provided as resources to OEMs.
In China, many Snapdragon 820 VR HMD reference design based standalone VR HMDs are already available. More HAP-based VR headsets are expected to launch in the near future. During the Google I/O 2017 event that was held in May, Google and Qualcomm had come together to announce a new standalone VR headset driven by Snapdragon 835 that is poised to release by the end of 2017. It is based on the reference design from Qualcomm.
HTC and Lenovo are also expected to announce standalone headsets enabled with Daydream VR. Again, these VR headsets are going to be based on Qualcomm’s reference design and will be powered by Snapdragon chipset.