Qualcomm says neural networks will transform mobile processing

The software development kit uses a neural processing methodology which is optimized to use the processor’s heterogeneous compute capabilities to support neural network processing functions. Qualcomm said it will now be possible to run neural network models on Snapdragon 820 devices such as smart phones, security cameras, automobiles and drones, all without a connection to the cloud. It is expected that neural processing will facilitate mobile tasks such as  scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition and natural language processing. Qualcomm calls its deep learning platform “Zeroth” which is already used for visual recognition and advanced malware detection software. Gary Brotman, director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, writes: “The demand for untethered, mobile learning-driven user experiences is increasing rapidly and with this introduction we are making…


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