Qualcomm releases Snapdragon virtual reality software development kit

Qualcomm Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has introduced a new virtual reality (VR) software development kit (SDK), the company said.

The next generation of mobile virtual reality applications is complex, with extreme power consumption constraints and challenging performance requirements that must be met in order for the VR applications to become truly immersive.

Advanced heterogeneous processors like the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor are capable of supporting immersive VR experiences, but can also be difficult to fully utilize without the right set of tools for developers.

The new Snapdragon VR SDK is designed to abstract the complexity of immersive virtual reality and provide developers with access to optimized, advanced VR features, to simplify development and to help them attain improved VR performance and power efficiency with the Snapdragon 820 for Android smartphones and upcoming VR headsets. The SDK is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2016 through the Qualcomm Developer Network.

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) provides 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm´s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm´s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT.