1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    AMD acquires tech company working on what could turn into next-gen wireless VR

    Nitero has been a company getting its name into headlines by teasing that it was working on phase-array beamforming millimeter wave 60GHz chip for VR headsets, with the fabless semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas - perfect for AMD with its base there.



    AMD acquired Nitero without many details, but the deal includes Nitero's wireless virtual reality IP, and all of its employees, with Nitero co-founder and CEO, Pat Kelly, joining AMD as their new Corporate Vice President, Wireless IP. AMD's Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Mark Papermaster, said in a press release: "Unwieldly headset cables remain a significant barrier to drive widespread adoption of VR. 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".

    The future that AMD buys with the acquisition shows their commitment to the next generation of VR technology, as the high-end 60GHz wireless technology will allow massive amounts of bandwidth to be blasted between the base station and your next-gen wireless VR headset. It will allow high-quality VR at much higher resolutions than we have today, at much higher refresh rates than we have today, in room-scale VR environments without the base station needing to be in line of sight.



    AMD's upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card is going to get a huge workout from a next-gen wireless VR headset, hopefully pushing 4K 120Hz per eye - which will really make the new High Bandwidth Cache (HBC) and HBM2 tech come into play. 2017 is the most exciting year on AMD's record with the launch of Ryzen, the upcoming launch of the Radeon RX 500 series and soon - the next-gen Radeon RX Vega graphics card family, and now the acquisition of Nitero.

    AMD have their high-end/workstation HEDT competitor in Naples, with up to 64C/128T on multi-chip systems, and 12C/24T chips that might not be as expensive as you think.

    Source: AMD acquires Nitero for their 60GHz Wi-FI for VR/AR tech
    04-12-2017 09:51 PM
  2. iThunderbirt's Avatar
    Been a lot about the new Wi-Fi 802.11 ad in the news as of late. Definitely cool to see such tech available for potential wireless VR.
    04-12-2017 11:33 PM
  3. badelhas's Avatar
    This are great news. But could this mean that we will have yet another VR headset? I mean, competition is great, but we need a VR headset that millions of people buy , not dozens that people don't don't.

    Cheers
    04-13-2017 03:09 AM
  4. iThunderbirt's Avatar
    This are great news. But could this mean that we will have yet another VR headset? I mean, competition is great, but we need a VR headset that millions of people buy , not dozens that people don't don't.

    Cheers
    I am pretty sure we will see new headsets using WiGi (802.11 ad) in the future But true wireless option (one without an attachment like the Vive) might take a bit of time.
    04-13-2017 06:10 AM
  5. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Well actually AMD claimed they won't be releasing an Headset, but they want to invest in the technology (by taking away a company which is researching the technology lol).

    Maybe they want to do the CHIPs to allow the wireless transmitters and that way they will be inside of every single wireless headset to be released.
    iThunderbirt likes this.
    04-14-2017 05:17 PM
  6. badelhas's Avatar
    Well actually AMD claimed they won't be releasing an Headset, but they want to invest in the technology (by taking away a company which is researching the technology lol).

    Maybe they want to do the CHIPs to allow the wireless transmitters and that way they will be inside of every single wireless headset to be released.
    Let's hope so. There's too many Headsets out there already, imo.

    Cheers
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    04-16-2017 05:29 AM

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