Qualcomm Announces New AI Research Division

This week Qualcomm Technologies (a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc.) announced Qualcomm AI Research, which the company says will "encompass all the cutting edge artificial intelligence research taking place across the company."

Qualcomm offers AI-focused products for smartphones, Internet of Things (IoT), on-device solutions, as well as for industrial and automotive technologies.

For example, recently the company launched the Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform, which improves the quality of IoT video, such as that used in surveillance and industrial monitoring cameras, via AI.

"We are constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible with AI," said Jim Thompson, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Qualcomm. "At Qualcomm AI Research, we are dedicated to bringing together some of the best minds in the field to shape the roadmap of AI hardware and software platforms. Our goal is to make on-device AI ubiquitous."

According to the research division's Web site, its research will focus on four key areas: power efficiency, personalization, system architecture and efficient learning.

The division also notes that it's hiring.

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