System on Chip versus Discrete AI Chipset: Bringing Artificial Intelligence Beyond Mobile Devices

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By Lian Jye Su | 4Q 2019 | IN-5694

 

Qualcomm Beefed up Its Qualcomm AI Engine

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Qualcomm has recently upped its game in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) domain through fifth generation Qualcomm AI Engine, which is composed of Qualcomm Kyro Central Processing Unit (CPU), Adreno Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), and, most importantly, Hexagon Tensor Accelerator (HTA). Integrated in Qualcomm’s latest 5G chipsets, namely Snapdragon 865 and 765, Qualcomm AI Engine will be making their way into majority of the premium and mid-tier smartphones, bringing with it an AI computation workload of 15 Trillion Operations Per Second (TOPS), INT8 and INT16 optimization and enhanced lossless compression for deep learning bandwidth. Developers can take advantage of either CPU, GPU, or HTA in the AI Engine to carry out their AI workloads.

In addition to the hardware performance, Qualcomm also introduces Qualcomm Neural Processing Software Development Kit (SDK) and Hexagon NN Direct to facilitate the quantization and deployment of...

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