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Meta and Qualcomm reach an agreement on custom virtual reality chips

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Meta Platforms Inc has signed an agreement for chipmaker Qualcomm Inc to produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality headsets, the companies announced at a consumer electronics conference in Berlin on Friday.

The companies’ engineering and product teams will work together to produce the chips, which will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms, they said in a statement.

The deal marks a continued commitment by Meta, known as Facebook until last year, to Qualcomm’s technology, even as it tries to develop its own silicon for the series of virtual (VR), augmented (AR) and mixed reality devices that have plans.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

The chipsets produced through the collaboration will not be exclusive to Meta, but will be optimized specifically for Quest’s system specifications, Meta spokesman Tyler Yee told Reuters.

The deal only covers virtual reality headsets, said Meta, which will continue to work on developing some of its own novel silicon solutions.

“There could be situations where we use off-the-shelf silicon or work with industry partners on customizations, while exploring our own new silicon solutions. There could also be situations where we use both partner and custom solutions in the same product.” Ye said.

“It’s about doing what it takes to create the best metaverse experiences possible.”

Meta has relied on Qualcomm chips for years for its VR headsets, including its recent Quest2 headset, which commands about 90% of the VR hardware market, according to market intelligence firm IDC.

The company is also investing heavily in technologies such as pass-through glasses and augmented reality goggles as it seeks to make CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of the metaverse a reality. a concept involving an immersive set of digital worlds.

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