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    Qualcomm backs virtual reality with new SDK


    Qualcomm has launched a new software development kit for virtual reality.

    The SDK puts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor at its heart, allowing developers to build advanced virtual reality and features. It is expected to launch during the second quarter of this year.

    Among the technologies that will feature in the SDK is digital signal processor sensor fusion, which brings together the right combination of data from gyroscopes and accelerometers to give a VR user the best kind of immersive experience.

    Other features include the fast transformation of rendered images in 3D spaces, which reduces latency by up to half, stereoscopic rendering that gives improved graphics and video, and the ability to produce clear overlays of menus or text.

    Finally, the SDK is integrated with Qualcomm’s Symphony System Manager SDK to help low-power VR applications to achieve stable frame rates.

    Dave Durnil, Senior Director, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, said: “We’re providing advanced tools and technologies to help developers significantly improve the virtual reality experience for applications like games, 360 degree VR videos and a variety of interactive education and entertainment applications.

    “VR represents a new paradigm for how we interact with the world, and we’re excited to help mobile VR developers more efficiently deliver compelling and high-quality experiences on upcoming Snapdragon 820 VR-capable Android smartphones and headsets.” 

    According to ABI Research, shipments of virtual reality devices will cross the 50 million mark by 2020, boosted by a compound annual growth rate of 84.5 percent between now annd four years time.

    Virtual reality was one of the biggest themes of this year’s Mobile World Congress, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg making an appearance at the Samsung press conference.