Qualcomm doubles down on IoT with new chips for smart cameras


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    To make IoT devices significantly smarter

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Qualcomm reveals efforts to have its chips in every single device, with two new models specifically designed for connected devices.


There was cause for celebration among internet of things (IoT) device manufacturers this week with news that a ‘semi-infinite’ supply of rare Earth minerals was located off the coast of Japan.


The deposit – located entirely within Japan’s maritime boundaries – is believed to contain 16m tonnes of minerals necessary to build IoT devices, mobile phones and even electric vehicles.


With China holding much of the world’s supply right now, the discovery of another major source of rare Earth minerals could help manufacturers to avoid the knock-on effects of a trade war.


Qualcomm launches two new IoT chips


Not content with cornering the Android smartphone market, Qualcomm revealed this week that it is launching two new systems-on-a-chip for IoT. Called the QCS605 and QCS603, they will merge a multicore ARM processor with Qualcomm’s AI and image signal processor.


The chips will be geared heavily towards vision devices such as security cameras, robotics and data-heavy 360-degree cameras.


The chips will support 4K video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Qualcomm’s audio technologies.


“Our goal is to make IoT devices significantly smarter as we help customers bring powerful on-device intelligence, camera processing and security,” said Joseph Bousaba, vice-president of product management at Qualcomm.


“AI is already enabling cameras with object detection, tracking, classification and facial recognition; robots that avoid obstacles autonomously; and action cameras that learn and generate a video summary of your latest adventure – but this is really just the beginning.”



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