AI Chips in Smartphones Key to Boosting Machine Vision Adoption and Applications

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4Q 2018 | IN-5326


How Smartphones Provide Machine Vision Technology


Machine vision refers to a number of computer- and embedded-vision technologies, where visual systems scan, analyze, and interpret images or video. It encompasses a variety of technologies and software, hardware, and integrated systems. The increasing number of smartphones with more advanced features, such as Huawei’s P20 Pro, Apple’s iPhone X, and Google’s Pixel 3, are helping to drive this machine vision market, making it possible for the technology to be used directly on the device. Machine vision offers a range of applications in smartphones; some are experiencing an increase in application adoption due to the enablement of advanced cameras, image sensors, 3D sensing, security, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) chips.

The AI chips, such as Apple’s A12 Bionic and Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980, are helping to bring machine vision to the device and are offering the required processing power to run the technology. For devices without an AI chip, machine vision is still possible, provided that they have a camera and conn…

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