Qualcomm Announces $100M AI Startup Fund for 5G, Robotics, Cars

This week U.S.-based Qualcomm announced that it will be investing $100 million into artificial intelligence (AI)-related technologies, focusing on "on-device" and mobile AI, particularly for robotics, autonomous cars and machine learning platforms, the company explained.

Handled through the newly launched Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund, part of Qualcomm Ventures, the $100 million will be used to invest in startups that the company believes is transforming AI in the above areas and will help position the Qualcomm as a leader in AI.

Qualcomm said that the investment ties into its significant 5G-related investment. "Qualcomm's ambitious 5G vision and strategic commitment to on-device AI goes hand in hand with mobile becoming the pervasive AI platform," the company said in its announcement of the fund."As AI shifts towards the wireless edge -- combining essential on-device capabilities with the edge cloud -- the industry is already starting to see the full potential of 5G."

Qualcomm has already started using the fund to invest in AnyVision, a "face, body and object recognition" startup.

The company has invested in other AI startups prior to this announcement, including Brain Corp., SenseTime and Cruise Automation.

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