Qualcomm announces AI vision platform for IoT

Qualcomm has announced the Vision Intelligence Platform, which features a family of system-on-chips (SoCs) leveraging 10nm FinFET processing technology and designed for IoT robots, cameras, and smart home devices.

The QCS605 and QCS603 provide on-device image processing and machine learning, with energy and thermal efficiency, according to the company. They integrate Qualcomm’s most advanced image signal processer (ISP) and the company’s AI Engine, and include an ARM based multicore CPU, vector processing and GPU. The platform also includes SDKs and Qualcomm’s connectivity and security technologies.

“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, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “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.”

The Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform delivers up to 2.1 TOPS of compute performance for deep neural network inferences with the Qualcomm AI Engine and Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine software framework. The framework also provides a host of tools for developers and OEMs.

The platform supports up to 4K video resolution at 60fps, or 5.7K at 30fps, and multiple simultaneous streams at lower resolution, and Qualcomm says it integrates the most powerful camera processor ever created by the company. The platform also features a range of audio capabilities, including support for natural language processing and speech recognition.

KEDACOM and Ricoh THETA are planning to develop products based on the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform, according to the announcement.

The SoCs are currently sampling, with multiple SKUs for a variety of requirements. Reference designs for QCS605-based VR 360 cameras from Qualcomm Technologies and Altek Corporation are available now, and reference designs for a QCS603-based industrial security camera are expected to be available in the second half of the year.

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