Qualcomm goes for the grey matter with neural net SDK

Qualcomm wants to stick a neural network in your hands, and has announced it will ship a software development kit (SDK) in the second half of this year to get the ball rolling. The deep learning SDK for the Snapdragon 820 processor will be, the company says, designed to take advantage of the SoC’s “heterogenous compute capabilities”. It’s got a snappy name, too: the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine, powered by the company’s Zeroth Machine Intelligence Platform (waits for audience applause, as usual, not a sausage). What the developer gets is a place to develop neural network models, and compile them to run on the Snapdragon 820. Application examples the company’s thought of so far include “scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition, and natural language…


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