Qualcomm AI platform is launchpad for smart IoT devices

April 16, 2018 // By Rich Pell
Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) has announced an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that includes system-on-chips (SoCs) purpose-built for the IoT designed to deliver high-performing, power-efficient edge computing for next-generation robots, smart cameras, and smart home applications.

The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform features the new SoCs, which use advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, as well as the company's most advanced image sensor processor and digital signal processor (DSP) to date. In addition, the company says, the platform also features cutting-edge CPU, GPU, camera processing software, connectivity, and security.

The QCS605 and QCS603 SoCs are engineered for on-device camera processing and machine learning, with a claimed exceptional power and thermal efficiency, across a wide range of IoT applications. They integrate Qualcomm Technologies' most advanced image signal processor to date - a dual 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 270 ISP supporting dual 16 megapixels sensors - and the Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine, along with a heterogeneous compute architecture including an ARM-based multicore CPU, vector processor, and GPU.

The platform also includes Qualcomm Technologies' advanced camera processing software, machine learning and computer vision software development kits (SDKs), as well as the company's connectivity and security technologies. It is optimized to support new possibilities for industrial and consumer smart security cameras, sports cameras, wearable cameras, virtual reality (VR) 360 and 180 cameras, robotics, smart displays, and more, the company says.

"Our goal is to make IoT devices significantly smarter as we help customers bring powerful on-device intelligence, camera processing, and security," says Joseph Bousaba, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "AI is already enabling cameras with object detection, tracking, classification and facial recognition, robots that avoid obstacles autonomously, and action cameras that learn and generate a video summary of your latest adventure, but this is really just the beginning."

"The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform is the culmination of years of advanced research and development that brings together breakthrough advancements in camera, on-device AI, and heterogeneous computing," says Bousaba. "The platform is a premier launchpad for manufacturers and developers to create a new world of intelligent IoT devices."

With the Qualcomm AI Engine and Snapdragon NPE software framework, the Vision Intelligence Platform

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