Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK coming to fuel smartphone machine learning


Machine learning already helps power some of the most impressive cloud-connected services we access through our phones. With the release of a new SDK based on its Zeroth Machine Intelligence Platform, Qualcomm is hoping to make it easier for developers to bring some of that same power right to our phones themselves.

Qualcomm Zeroth processors have been around for a few years now, but really came to prominence last year when the company announced Zeroth platform support for the new flagship Snapdragon 820 SoC (system on a chip).

Traditionally, machine learning tasks require a bit more processing might than our phones are capably of comfortably doling out. For instance, a voice-recognition app might upload sound samples to a cloud server for remote analysis, rather than doing all the computational heavy lifting right on our phones.

With Zeroth and a Snapdragon 820, some of those tasks start becoming possible to handle on a smartphone itself. That offers benefits in terms of speed (no longer waiting for messages to go back and forth over cellular connections), reliability, and privacy of user data.

Of course, the sort of machine learning roles possible through the use of Zeroth on a Snapdragon 820 aren't unique to just phones, and Qualcomm describes use cases like object tracking and avoidance that could be employed by next-gen vehicles taking advantage of Snapdragon chips.

Today's announcement means that developers will soon have a chance to tap into the power of Zeroth for themselves, writing their own apps that can incorporate powerful machine-learning neural models. They'll get their shot a little later this year, as Qualcomm begins Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK distribution sometime in Q2 2016.


source: Qualcomm

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6 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Machine learning is a great tool, that allows programs to adapt and shape themselves accordingly, however it isn't AI, but it doesn't need to be if used right.

2. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

For Samsung fanboy. Can your exynos do this? nope :)

3. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Samsung also uses the SD820. So your statement is irrelevant.

5. Quduz

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

for sure it can't but our exynos is the fastest SOC running android and doesn't throttle as much as FIREDRAGON 820. http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_g5_galaxy_s7_and_nexus_6p_go_under_chipset_stress_test_to_find_whos_the_hottest-blog-17776.php how much more if pitted against the s7edge?The LG and nexus would have gone hiding

4. Ikechukwu

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Skynet heuheu

6. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Your phone will become self-aware, and plot to take over the world. Lol

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