Micron Memory solution boosts XR experiences on Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2

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Micron Technology has announced that its low-power double data rate 5X (LPDDR5X) DRAM and Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 3.1 embedded solutions are now qualified on Qualcomm Technologies’ latest extended reality (XR) platform, Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 Platform.

The LPDDR5X and UFS 3.1 deliver a combination of next-level speed, performance and low-power consumption in a small form factor, which is needed to support untethered mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) devices.

According to Micron, the LPDDR5X is the company’s most advanced low-power memory, delivering power efficiency enabled by its innovative 1-alpha process node technology and JEDEC power advancements.

The global augmented reality (AR) and VR market is expected to reach $200 billion by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 24% from 2021.

Micron’s embedded products provide XR-ready solutions and by enabling concurrent processing across multiple applications and sensors, the LPDDR5X and UFS 3.1 can integrate constantly changing presence, position and sensory perception to create realistic, immersive experiences for VR users.

While Micron’s LPDDR5X can achieve speeds of up to 8.533 Gbps (gigabits per second), it is also backwards compatible for LPDDR5 speeds of 6.4 Gbps, providing device manufacturers with platform integration flexibility while consuming less power.

“The metaverse has vast potential to revolutionise how we work and play. Bringing this innovation to life requires high-performance and low-power hardware that can keep pace with the lightning-fast speeds needed for mixed reality experiences,” said Chris Jacobs, Micron vice president and general manager of Micron’s embedded market segments. “Our LPDDR5X and UFS 3.1 solutions are ideally positioned to serve as the foundation for the next generation of XR devices, providing the performance and power to unlock rich virtual worlds.”

As announced in September, the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor was developed in close collaboration with Meta and commercially debuted on Meta Quest 3, Meta’s newly launched headset.

The Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 Platform offers a single-chip architecture to unlock next-level immersive MR and VR experiences in thinner and more comfortable headsets that don’t require an external battery pack. Engineered to deliver a lag-free experience with breathtaking visuals and fully immersive sound, the spatial computing platform allows users to blend virtual content with their physical surroundings and transition seamlessly between MR and VR experiences.

LPDDR5X provides 24% increased power efficiency compared to previous generations - optimal for untethered MR and VR headsets, extending battery life between charges for the most optimal user experience.

At peak data rates of 8.533 Gbps, Micron’s LPDDR5X enables metaverse applications with a 33% increase in data access speeds, resulting in fast response times. Micron’s 1-alpha node process technology, which underpins Micron’s LPDDR5X, provides higher bit density, performance and energy efficiency for XR devices.

Micron’s UFS 3.1 client storage is the world’s first UFS powered by Micron’s 176-layer NAND with high storage densities in a tiny footprint, freeing up space for more design flexibility in devices such as MR and VR headsets with space constraints.