Technology manufacturer AMD have announced that they have acquired key intellectual property (IP) and engineering talent from a company working in millimetre wave solutions called Nitero.
The new IP will provide AMD with a broader portfolio of IPs that relate to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. The technology that Nitero designed was geared towards implementation of wireless head mounted displays (HMDs)
“Unwieldly headset cables remain a significant barrier to drive widespread adoption of VR,” said Mark Papermaster, AMD chief technology officer and senior vice president. “Our newly acquired wireless VR technology is focused on solving this challenge, and is another example of AMD making long-term technology investments to develop high-performance computing and graphics technologies that can create more immersive computing experiences.”
AMD have showed signs of being interested in development of VR recently. With their new Ryzen ranges of processors being touted as being ideal for gaming PCs, and the recent introduction of improved VR drivers in AMD Radeon GPUs, coupled with this new acquisition, it seems that AMD could be planning further involvement with the VR industry.
“Our world class engineering team has been focused on solving the difficult problem of building wireless VR technologies that can be integrated into next-generation headsets,” said Nitero co-founder and CEO Pat Kelly who has joined AMD as corporate vice president, Wireless IP. “We are excited to play a role in furthering AMD’s long-term technology vision.”
20th Century Fox are also working with AMD on a VR project, a VR tie-in to the upcoming movie Alien: Covenant. Little is known about the project thus far, though Fox Innovation Labs have indicated that the major VR platforms will all be supported.
VRFocus will keep you updated on any future VR projects from AMD.