AMD is banking on a wireless virtual reality. On the eve of the chipmaker announced the acquisition of intellectual property and the “key engineering talent” of Nitero, which develops systems for wireless data transmission in the millimeter range. Thanks to this transaction, the chipmaker from Sunnyvale hopes to expand its technological portfolio, and in the future to completely solve the problem of the necessity of wired connection of the augmented and virtual reality sets.
“The need for a wired connection is a serious obstacle to the widespread adoption of VR (virtual reality),” said AMD technical director Mark Papermaster. “Our new acquisition must solve this problem.” This is another example of how AMD makes long-term investments in technology to develop new computing and graphics technologies. ”
Among the main developments of Nitero is a chip for controlling the phased array antenna, designed to solve the existing problems of wireless adapters for AR / VR-headsets. By using a millimeter band with a frequency of about 60 GHz, this technology can provide wireless data transmission at speeds of several gigabits per second with minimal delays. Another advantage of the Nitero solution is that there is no need for direct visibility between the receiver and the transmitter, which will allow a deeper immersion in virtual worlds.