After Microsoft unveiled a new augmented reality headset in the form of the Microsoft HoloLens last week it has now been revealed in a report over the PC World website that the new headset hardware is powered by an as yet unreleased Intel Atom processor, reveal sources close to the HoloLens development.
HoloLens which is being developed by Microsoft to provide users with an interactive augmented reality interface when worn. Is powered by a CPU and GPU that are based on new Intel Cherry Trail technology which is expected to be rolled out into tablets during the course of this year.
Intel Cherry Trail technology is a successor to Intel’s current set of tablet and low-end PC chips code-named Bay Trail. Cherry Trail is smaller thanks to the 14-nanometer manufacturing process and provides users with more features as well as being faster than the older Bay Trail technology. PC World explains :
“The success of HoloLens very much depends on its ability to recognise gestures and hand movements. Intel is bringing some gesture recognition capabilities to Cherry Trail, though it’s unclear how the processing will be broken up between the CPU, graphics core and holo-processor.
The HoloLens has to do many calculations simultaneously to analyze and process all the information and pixels in 3D space, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. The HPU could be a vector or graphics processor that can recognize objects and handle the rendering and display of 3D images, McGregor said.
Or it could be an offshoot of Intel’s Xeon Phi, which started off as a graphics processor—code-named Larrabee—and then morphed into a supercomputing chip designed to handle complex 3D imagery and math calculations. The Xeon Phi itself is too big to fit into the HoloLens, but the holographic processor could be an Intel “micro-engine” adaptation of the chip”
For more information on the new Microsoft HoloLens hardware jump over to the PC World website for details via the link below.