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Qualcomm and Microsoft team up on AI development

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During its Build developer conference (opens in new tab), Microsoft announced a partnership with Qualcomm (opens in new tab) to jointly create a vision AI developer kit which allows the chipmaker's latest AI hardware accelerators to deliver real-time AI on devices without the need for constant connectivity. 

By bringing together the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions using Azure IoT Edge and Azure Machine Learning, the new vision AI developer kit will allow developers to deliver next gen AI-enabled experiences in robotics, smart home devices, industrial safety and more. Developers will now easily be able to create, manage and monitor AI on the edge (opens in new tab)

Microsoft and Qualcomm's partnership will enable developers to start building AI offerings using prebuilt solutions to create new AI models and deploy them directly to the cloud or to new hardware accelerated devices. 

The vision AI developer kit is the first device born out of the collaboration and it is based on Qualcomm Vision Intelligence Platform powered by Qualcomm AI engine with fully integrated support for Azure ML and Azure IoT Edge. The platform will be able to run AI models locally on the device with support for hardware acceleration in order to enable real-time vision AI performance.    

Azure ML handles AI model creation and monitoring, while device management and deployment will be enabled by Azure IoT Edge. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) will power on-device execution and this makes the kit one of the most powerful intelligent edge devices as well as the first full accelerated platform supported end-to-end by Azure. 

Businesses and developers interested in creating AI that runs on the edge can register for early access (opens in new tab) to the platform and a private preview will be available this summer. 

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After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.