Qualcomm on Wednesday unveiled a family of chips that support artificial intelligence processing of images for security cameras, virtual reality, facial recognition, robotics and similar applications.
The San Diego-based company’s new product line is part of the growing Internet of Things, or IoT, which is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects.
“Our goal is to make IoT devices significantly smarter as we help customers bring powerful on-device intelligence, camera processing and security. 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,” said Joseph Bousaba, vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies.
“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. The platform is a premier launchpad for manufacturers and developers to create a new world of intelligent IoT devices,” Bousaba added.
The new family of chips incorporates Qualcomm’s most advanced image processor with an artificial intelligence engine, a central processor, a vector processor and a graphics processor.
Samples of the new family of chips are available now, and camera reference designs from Qualcomm and Altek Corporation are also available.
Industrial security camera designs based on the new technology are expected to be available in the second half of the year.
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