November 28, 2023
The US-Czech startup, Vrgineers, specializing in virtual and mixed reality technologies for pilot training, has teamed up with AMD and NVIDIA, graphics chip rivals, to pioneer architecture for mixed reality simulators. The new XTAL 3 CAVU (Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited) mixed reality headset uses 24Mpix image sensors that are connected to Xilinx FPGA PCIe16x card (chip manufacturer acquired by AMD) via optical cables.
This “hardcoded” processor is dedicated to calculating high-resolution mixed reality images in 1 millisecond, while the direct connection with the NVIDIA Quadro RTX A6000 GPU bypasses the CPU. The Quadro RTXA600 is dedicated to virtual reality calculations, conserving resources.
“By utilizing AMD XILINX FPGA in a combination with NVIDIA Quadro card, we found a way to provide so much needed performance boost for mixed reality, which is far above of two fastest graphical cards, with much lower latency as well as power consumption,” explains Marek Polcak, Vrgineers CEO and co-founder.
The XTAL 3 CAVU design is crafted from precision-engineered carbon, showcasing an exquisite balance of strength, remarkable lightweight characteristics, and exceptional durability. It is an ideal choice for applications in high-performance industries such as pilot training. This design ensures the headset is lighter than ever before, setting new standards for both comfort and performance.
This unique system will be embedded in Vrgineers Mixed Reality Classroom Simulators and available for purchase in 2024 for selected partners, such as U.S. NAVY under the SBIR Phase II. For less demanding scenarios, Vrgineers are also offering an improved version of XTAL 3 NEO Mixed Reality Headset, which is currently the most affordable solution for pilot training on the market.
All Vrgineers products, including our cutting-edge virtual and mixed reality headsets are TAA certified and comply with the strictest security regulations for deployment in restricted areas.