Qualcomm may have the dragon’s grip (pun intended) on the chipset market, but it certainly wants more of its elements installed into your device. Today it launches the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, an SDK that allows the Snapdragon 820 chipset to speed up deep-learning processes of smartphones and other mobile devices.
This SDK leverages on two things – first is the explosive speed of technological progress in mobile device hardware that has brought exponential growth in computing power. More computing power means better deep-learning capabilities for devices. Secondly, the SDK is powered by Qualcomm’s Zeroth Machine Intelligence Platform which brings cloud-based deep-learning capabilities to handheld devices.
Traditional machine learning usually requires loads of processing power for crunching repetitive data and a big and robust database foundation. Zeroth condenses these capabilities into a single chipset, taking advantage of the various components of Snapdragon like the Hexagon DSP and the Adreno graphics.
Once the SDK is launched (hopefully later in 2016), manufacturers can leverage on deep-learning features such as scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition, and natural language processing. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as deep-learning will continue to uncover new features in the future.