Qualcomm’s new IoT chips actually have some cool real world uses

After dominating the Android smartphone landscape, US chipmaker Qualcomm is launching a new range of processors for IoT gadgets.

The new Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform is designed for use in products like smart cameras and drones.

Going under the model names QCS605 and QSC603, the chips are, in Qualcomm’s words, “engineered to deliver powerful computing for on-device camera processing and machine learning, with exceptional power and thermal efficiency across robotics and IoT applications.”

The 10nm chips are also likely to sit within smart Wi-Fi security cameras and wearable cameras, like the GoPro action cams. They could also be useful in VR and AR headsets, smart displays and even devices like robotic vacuum cleaners.

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The ability to process the images quickly will be of benefit to cameras shooting 4K video or others that need to quickly stitch together 360-degree VR-style footage, Qualcomm says. The 605 chip can support 4K video at 60 frames per second, while the 603 chip can only handle 4K/30fps.

Secure AI on board

The company is also promising on-device artificial intelligence and security within cameras packing the new chips.

The silicon is expected to arrive within products during the second half of 2018.

“Our goal is to make IoT devices significantly smarter as we help customers bring powerful on-device intelligence, camera processing and security,” said Joseph Bousaba, vice president, product management, Qualcomm.

“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.”

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