AI facial recognition startup SenseTime secures investment from Qualcomm

Chinese artificial intelligence facial recognition startup SenseTime Group has secured an investment from Qualcomm as part of a $500 million funding round that will close later this year, according to a Reuters report. Qualcomm confirmed the investment in a statement. The firms did not disclose the size of the investment. In July, the startup raised $410 million from Chinese investors, which, at the time, was reportedly the largest single financing round for any artificial intelligence company. Earlier this year, it

2018 smartphones from Oppo, Xiaomi to feature 3D sensing technology

According to ‘industry sources’ quoted in a Digitimes report, new smartphones from Oppo and Xiaomi will feature 3D sensing technology for facial recognition as early as March 2018. Himax Technologies and Qualcomm will develop the 3D sensing technology using modules produced by Truly Opto-electronics. The sources indicated that the facial recognition solutions co-developed by Qualcomm, Himax and Truly Opto-Electronics should enter volume production in March or April 2018 at the earliest and that the collaboration between the companies will significantly

Vivo and Qualcomm working to improve mobile phone biometrics

Vivo has signed a $4B USD memorandum of understanding with Qualcomm that encompasses technical partnership and patent sharing in mobile-related technologies including biometric authentication. At MWC Shanghai this July, Vivo unveiled the Vivo Under Display fingerprint scanning solution based on Qualcomm fingerprint sensors. Vivo will continue to work with Qualcomm on research and development in the biometrics spaces, particularly 3D facial identification, palm prints, fingerprints, iris scanning and other biometric technologies, to improve the ease-of-use and security of mobile phone

Qualcomm, Xiaomi developing 3D facial recognition for new smartphones

Following Apple’s lead, Qualcomm and Xiaomi are also developing their own facial recognition technology for their upcoming flagship smartphones, according to a report by Gizmochina. Xiaomi’s facial technology technology is expected to be introduced in the fourth quarter, just in time for it to be integrated into its expected flagship Mi Mix 2. Apple’s recently published patents revealed that the company’s facial recognition technology will support 3D sensors and can achieve facial recognition in just milliseconds. The recent trend of

Qualcomm update to better support face, image recognition for smartphones

Qualcomm’s upcoming update to its image signal processor (ISP) will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality, according to a report by Tom’s Guide. Spectra ISP is a part of the Snapdragon system on chip that’s a widely deployed mobile processor platform for Android smartphones. The next major Snapdragon update isn’t expected to be released until next year, however, the planned updates for the Spectra ISP will significantly improve the cameras on 2018 Android phones and virtual- and

Qualcomm Mobile Security to license EyeLock iris authentication technology

EyeLock LLC has entered into a license agreement with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, for Qualcomm Mobile Security. Under the agreement, EyeLock is developing iris authentication solutions that are designed to work with Qualcomm Mobile Security and enable OEMs across the entire IoT scope to benefit from EyeLock’s iris authentication capabilities. “This agreement is a great acknowledgement of the quality and capability of our technology and an indication of the growing demand for increased security and convenience

Leak suggests Vivo XPlay 7 will come with under-screen fingerprint scanner

According to multiple media reports, leaked presentation pictures said to be of the Vivo XPlay 7 has revealed that it will come with the under-screen fingerprint scanner, detailing the Qualcomm-developed biometric authentication feature as one of its highlights. Vivo along with Qualcomm first unveiled the next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solution at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017 in June. The new line of fingerprint solutions include new and improved features not included in the previous generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint

Sharp Aquos S2 leaked photos reveal bezel-less display with fingerprint sensor

A leaked press photo and a few hands-on images of Sharp’s yet-to-be-released Aquos S2 reveals that the smartphone will feature a near bezel-less display with a fingerprint scanner hidden underneath, according to a report by 9 to 5 Google. The smartphone will join a handful of other recent smartphones that feature bezel-less displays, including the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+, and Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone. Aquos S2 is expected to have a screen size of 5.5-inches, a resolution of 2040

Qualcomm releases deep learning SDK for mobile platforms

Qualcomm Technologies announced the immediate availability of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software development kit (SDK) on Qualcomm Developer Network. The Snapdragon NPE marks the first deep learning software framework designed for Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, providing developers with tools to accelerate deep neural network workloads on mobile and other edge devices powered by Snapdragon processors. Developers can select any optimal Snapdragon core for the desired user experience, including Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU or Qualcomm Hexagon DSP.

FPC issues Q2 2017 report, announces Qualcomm partnership

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has released an interim report for Q2 2017, which saw revenues amounted to SEK 823.4 million (US$100 million) compared to SEK 1,666.1 M (US$202.2 M) in Q2 2016. The gross margin for the quarter was 36 percent, while operating profit amounted to SEK 72.0 M (US$8.7 M), compared to SEK 675.1 M (US$82 M) in the year-earlier period. Meanwhile, the company’s earnings per share before dilution amounted to SEK 0.10 M (US$10,000) compared to SEK 1.72 M