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Qualcomm Launched Machine Learning SDK To Snapdragon

Qualcomm recently announced a new Machine Learning Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Snapdragon 820 processor line. The SDK, called Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, is designed to enable deep learning on mobile devices.

The SDK is powered by its Zeroth Machine Intelligence Platform and it will make it a lot easier for third-party developers and big technology companies to experiment with deep learning programs and applications. Since the chip-maker supplies processors for numerous gadgets, varying from smartphones to drones, the new development tools can be used to prepare these devices for the next generation of AI.

The SDK, called Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, opens up opportunities to enhance native neural computing to devices like smartphones, security cameras or drones. It represents the latest effort to bring machine learning off the cloud — last month, chipmaker Movidius rolled out a USB stick with machine learning capabilities. Movidius has a deal in the works with Google to use add machine-intelligence processing to Android devices.

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According to Qualcomm, this Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine contains the following features:

  • Support for common deep learning model frameworks, including CudaConvNet and Caffe;
  • Accelerated runtime for on-device execution of convolutional and recurrent neural networks on Snapdragon 820 cores (Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, Qualcomm Hexagon DSP);
  • A flexible platform, lightweight designed to utilize Snapdragon heterogeneous cores to deliver optimal performance and power consumption;
  • It Supports companies in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, automotive, security, and imaging, to run their own proprietary trained neural network models on the portable devices.

Still, Qualcomm says it will be the first mobile system on a chip provider to offer a deep learning toolkit optimized for mobile. The SDK is expected to be available for Snapdragon 820 processors in the 2nd half of 2016. Devices that are powered by Snapdragon 820 processors include the the HP Elite x3, Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC 10.