Technology Qualcomm designed new chipsets just for IoT gadgets

15:46  11 april  2018
15:46  11 april  2018 Source:   Engadget

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But with so many new devices in the conversation, it’s important that everything connects intelligently to the cloud. Driving LTE into the Internet of Things ( IoT ), the Qualcomm ® MDM9207-1 is a cost-optimized, flexible and scalable chipset with Cat 1 LTE technology at its core.

Qualcomm 's new chips will let you install apps on everyday gadgets like a coffee machine or fridge. It also want to bring app support to appliances with new embedded chipsets . The news comes just days after Samsung unveiled its Artik hardware-software modules for IoT devices.

a close up of a logo© Provided by Engadget Instead of continuing to repurpose existing processors for smart home devices, Qualcomm has unveiled two new chipsets built specifically for IoT gadgets. The QCS605 and QCS603 are 10nm system-on-chips (SoCs) that will power things like 360-degree cameras, robot vacuums and smart displays from companies like Ricoh Theta and Kedacom. Qualcomm also launched a Vision Intelligence Platform today that provides frameworks like the company's AI Engine, and the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) to enhance on-device machine learning. It'll also offer SDKs for camera processing and computer vision so that companies who buy these processors can more easily create applications for their products.

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But these are developed keeping IoT in mind. And hence these are designed for the same gadgets . Not just that, the company also announced its partnerships with the Arrow Electronics to bring these two new chips to smaller business as well.

Connectivity is at the heart of the Internet of Things ( IoT ). integrated voice support on select Qualcomm Technologies chipsets . The integrated processor is also designed to optimize New cost optimized Cat 1 LTE modem for IoT supports devices for global business (blog post).

The QCS605 and QCS603 feature ARM-based multicore CPUs, an Adreno GPU, the company's Spectra image signal processor and a Hexo vector processor. Some of the uses that the Vision Intelligence Platform will support include object detection, tracking, obstacle avoidance and facial recognition.

These SoCs focus on three applications in particular: artificial intelligence, camera processing and power efficiency. In addition to tapping Qualcomm's own engines for AI and neural processing, manufacturers can also use frameworks like Tensorflow, Caffe and Caffe2, as well as the Open Neural Network Exchange format.

a close up of a speaker© Qualcomm Qualcomm said the new chipsets also enable "superb image quality" thanks to the Spectra 270 ISP, which can support dual 16-megapixel sensors. It can run dual streams of 4K video at 60 fps, 5.7K at 30 fps or even more concurrent streams at lower resolutions. For things like VR headsets or security cameras, that could mean higher quality experiences.

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Qualcomm just announced its plans to add support for Google’s IoT OS called Android Things on its Snapdragon 210 processors. The Android Things OS is a new vertical of Android designed for Internet of Things ( IoT ) devices, and Snapdragon processors are expected to be the world’s first

Snapdragon processors have long been a staple in Android mobile devices but they will soon spread to more than just smartphones. Qualcomm Incorporated announced on Wednesday morning that it is not only producing a pair of new chips , the 410E and 600E, designed specifically for embedded and IoT

Seshu Madhavapeddy, Qualcomm's vice president of IoT product management, told Engadget that thanks to the company's experience with smartphone cameras, it was able to apply what it learned to improve low light performance in IoT devices. Security cameras, for example, benefit from that since the Vision Intelligence Platform's algorithms can process temporal noise reduction in low light, or even pitch dark environments. Which is important, because, like Madhavapeddy said, "Bad people like dark places." Other image processing tricks the platform offers include staggered HDR "to prevent the 'ghost' effect in HDR video, advanced electronic image stabilization, dewarp, de-noise (and) chromatic aberration correction."

Add to that support for 2x2 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1 and a host of Qualcomm's audio technologies, and the QCS605 and QCS603 look like potentially powerful brains for future IoT devices. The 605 looks like the higher-end version of the pair, as it has eight CPU cores (two at 2.5GHz, six at 1.5GHz) while the 603 is just quad-core (two at 1.6GHz and two at 1.7GHz). Both use the Adreno 615 GPU.

Madhavapeddy said the company has been sampling the platform and chips since late last year, and there are already ongoing engagements, so you should expect commercial products to be available in the second half of the year.

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