Meta, Qualcomm strike agreement on custom virtual reality chips


Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) signed an agreement to have chip-maker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) produce custom chipsets for its Quest virtual reality (VR) devices, the companies announced at a consumer electronics conference in Berlin on Friday, according to a Reuters report.

Engineering and product teams of both companies will work together to produce the chips, powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms, they said in a statement.

The agreement shows the dependency of Meta, known as Facebook until last year, on Qualcomm's technology even as it tries to develop 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 investing heavily in technologies like pass-through goggles and augmented reality glasses as it tries to bring to life Zuckerberg's vision for the metaverse, a concept involving an immersive set of digital worlds.

Meta has relied on Qualcomm chipsets in its virtual reality devices for years, including the recent Quest2 headphones.

Meta spokesman Tyler Yee told Reuters that the chipsets produced through the cooperation will not be exclusive to Meta, but will be improved specifically for Quest specifications.