Intel has decided to retire its older chipset Atom x5-Z8100P SoC which has been available for years. Microsoft’s Hololens has also been using this chipset since its first launch. According to reports, Intel has asked the customers of this chipset to place their final order until September 30th.
While the orders will be shipped to them by October 30th. And after this deadline, there won’t be any production for this chipset by Intel. While Microsoft has been working on the next version of their Hololens Augmented Reality product. This news may indicate us that Microsoft may have included a new chipset for the next version of HoloLens.
Microsoft had already revealed that they would be using a newer Hololens Processing Unit HPU) 2.0 that will have an AI co-processor integrated into it. Microsoft Hololens’ next version is expected to come in mid-2018 and they will be ready with the consumer version of Hololens in 2019-2020.
Microsoft has many times reiterated that they consider Mixed reality and artificial intelligence as the future of computing. Microsoft had said at Computex last June that they hope to see 80 million VR devices in consumers’ hands by 2020. It looks Microsoft is well on track with their Mixed Reality vision.