Thundercomm Unveils Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Headset TurboX VR DK1

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, Thundercomm has announced a new all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD) platform called TurboX VR DK1. 

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the TurboX VR DK1 is part of a ‘HMD Accelerator Program’ initiative between the two companies. It’s been designed for OEMs that want to build a virtual reality (VR) HMD of their own, so they’ll be able to choose from a pre-qualified set of components, including the Thundercomm VR HMD platform with Snapdragon 835.


Using the latest Snapdragon VRDK V2.0, the reference design takes advantage of up to 1,000Hz sensor fusion algorithm, a high-performance OLED screen, a new ASW algorithm to reduce system latency to 15ms or less, and 3D audio for better immersion. The TurboX VR DK1 can also integrate with eye tracking technology for use with foveated rendering, reducing the performance load on the GPU.

“Thundercomm has great advantages in the fields of chips and operating systems. Focused on providing endtoend intelligent hardware solutions to ODM/OEMs, Thundercomm is an expert in system optimization, sensor fusion, low latency, distortion correction, and more,” said Larry Geng, Chairman of Thundercomm. “I believe the successful launch of the TurboX VR DK1 reference platform will bring huge opportunities to start-ups and accelerate the development of the VR industry.”

“We have a strong relationship with Thundercomm in non-smartphone segments using Snapdragon, and it is exciting to extend the effort to VR with their software, module and standalone HMD as part of the HMD Accelerator Program,” added Hugo Swart, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “The TurboX VR DK1 will be a powerful tool for OEMs and the rest of the ecosystem to support quick timetoproduction of high quality products.”

Qualcomm has been pushing further into VR as the mobile market takes off. The Snapdragon 835 was only officially announced at CES 2017, and this month the company partnered with Leap Motion on a new HMD.

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