Qualcomm will release a deep learning SDK for the Snapdragon 820 that works locally

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Qualcomm has announced a new SDK for devices powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor, that works locally and not in the cloud. It’s the Neural Processing Engine, and it’s designed to provide a platform for deep-learning experiences on a mobile device. Qualcomm says it’s the first chip manufacturer to provide a toolkit like this for mobile hardware.

Using the SDK, developers will be able to build deep learning tools including scene detection, text detection, natural language processing, face recognition, gesture recognition, and object avoidance and tracking.

Qualcomm’s new SDK is only for hardware powered by the Snapdragon 820


Gary Brotman, product management director at Qualcomm, said:


“The demand for untethered, mobile learning-driven user experiences is increasing rapidly and Qualcomm Technologies’ customers have been clamoring for tools to help them realize their product visions. With the introduction of the new Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK, we are making it possible for myriad sectors, including mobile, IoT and automotive to harnesses the power of Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and make high-performance, power efficient on-device deep learning a reality.”

Qualcomm will release the Neural Processing Engine SDK after the summer, but the exact date has not been confirmed.