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Qualcomm joins China AI unicorn SenseTime to develop mobile AI

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2017-10-20
Qualcomm is to get together with China’s AI unicorn SenseTime to develop AI for mobile.

The companies expect to drive the popularity and development of on-device AI in areas such as innovative vision and camera-based image processing,’ says the announcement, ‘implementing AI on the mobile device provides a number of advantages over cloud-only implementations, enabling edge devices to provide reliable execution with or without a network connection. Additional benefits of on-device AI include real-time performance, privacy protection and enhanced reliability.’

“To develop an AI ecosystem, it takes efforts from players in multiple industries,” says Dr Li Xu, co-founder and CEO of SenseTime (pictured),  “the strategic collaboration between SenseTime and Qualcomm Technologies will advance on-device intelligence by leveraging our algorithm and Qualcomm Technologies’ chipset.”

in July, SenseTime raised $410 million. Investors include CDH Investments and Sailing Capital, China International Capital Corporation, China Everbright Holdings, China Renaissance and China Merchants Securities (Hong Kong).

SenseTime is China’s largest AI company that focuses on computer vision and deep learning technologies. It is also the largest AI unicorn valued above $1.5 billion. The developer behind China’s only proprietary deep learning platform, SenseTime has become the largest algorithm supplier in the country and has made breakthroughs in algorithm model miniaturisation. It has built a proprietary deep learning platform called Parrots.

“Qualcomm has been conducting fundamental research in AI over a decade,” says Qualcomm svp Keith Kressin, “in fact, many devices shipping today using our Snapdragon mobile platforms already utilize on-device AI. We look forward to the results of our collaboration with SenseTime to further accelerate new and exciting capabilities of on-device AI for millions of customers using mobile devices.”

Qualcomm is focused on optimizing the Snapdragon mobile platform to accelerate AI use cases in the areas of computer vision and natural language processing — for smartphones, IoT and automotive — and is researching broader executions in the areas of wireless connectivity, power management, and photography.