Qualcomm shepherds AI efforts into new research organization

In an effort that puts all of its AI assets into one basket, Qualcomm Technologies Thursday announced the formation of a new research organization.

The Qualcomm AI Research division is a cross-functional, cooperative effort that encompasses all of the AI research that is taking place across the company.

Qualcomm has already tapped into AI for commercial products and applications across smartphones, the automotive industry and internet of things services. By putting all of its AI assets into one organization, Qualcomm is looking to expand AI into new industries, services and applications.

“We are constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with AI,” said Jim Thompson, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Qualcomm, in a prepared statement. “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.”

Service providers and vendors, such as AT&T, Huawei and Ericsson, are placing a premium on AI labs and projects to better enable digital transformations.

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Developing AI capabilities is top of mind for service providers as a means to enable more automation across their networks and services. But AI is complex and requires the use of machine learning and advanced analytics in order to create AI that could lead to more automation.

By working with personalized and predictive experiences, Qualcomm Technologies said it has the potential to integrate AI into hundreds of millions of products each year. Yesterday, Qualcomm announced that its Snapdragon 710 phone was designed with architectures for artificial intelligence.