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Microsoft's HoloLens uses unreleased Intel Atom chip

Agam Shah | Jan. 23, 2015
The holographic headset computer has the Cherry Trail chip, which will also be in tablets and low-end PCs.

It's also possible that Microsoft developed its own HPU, but developing graphics and vector processors can take a lot of time and money. Microsoft perhaps developed the HPU in the form of a digital signal processor (DSP), widely used in mobile devices to handle specific functions like language and image recognition, and worked with Intel so the DSPs were compatible with Cherry Trail.

HoloLens is the hardware for Windows Holographic, an augmented reality platform in Windows 10. Microsoft hasn't provided a specific availability date, but HoloLens will ship after Windows 10 becomes available later this year.

Neither Microsoft nor Intel immediately responded to requests for comment.


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