Qualcomm Acquires Amsterdam-Based Artificial Intelligence Firm Scyfer

Qualcomm Technologies has revealed that it is acquiring Scyfer B.V., a University of Amsterdam-affiliated firm which focuses on developing artificial intelligence solutions for various sectors and businesses across the world. Following the acquisition the employees of Scyfer will be absorbed by Qualcomm though they will still be based in Amsterdam. The founder of Scyfer, Max Welling, will continue his University of Amsterdam teaching career.

Though a lot of tech firms concentrate on execution of artificial intelligence workloads in the cloud, the mission of Qualcomm is to implement artificial intelligence on end devices such as robotics, motor vehicles, smartphones and so on. Qualcomm’s argument is that this will allow processing to be done regardless of whether or not there is a network or even Wi-Fi or cellular connection. When the artificial intelligence is implemented on the device the benefits include the fact that there is more efficiency in network bandwidth use, enhanced privacy protection, increased reliability and immediate response.

Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine

Last month Qualcomm Technologies disclosed that its software development kit for its Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine had been made available to developers drawn from various sectors including imaging, security, healthcare, automotive and mobile.

Qualcomm’s machine learning experience started ten years ago when the chipmaker started exploring the use of the technology in motion control and computer vision applications. The research scope was later expanded to accommodate artificial neural networks and specifically neural networks.

“Our current products now support many AI use cases from computer vision and natural language processing to malware detection on a variety of devices. We are researching broader topics, such as AI for wireless connectivity, power management and photography,” said Qualcomm’s technology executive vice president, Matt Grob, in a statement.

Qualcomm Ventures

Qualcomm Technologies has also previously collaborated with Netherland’s University of Amsterdam when they established QUVA two years ago. QUVA is a joint research laboratory that concentrates on advancing machine learning techniques for computer vision and mobile devices. The collaboration between the two will not be affected in any way.

Qualcomm has also made other investments in artificial intelligence companies through its venture capital fund, Qualcomm Ventures. One of the investments is in Brain Corp, a San Diego, California-based tech company that recently raised $114 in funding. One of Brain’s flagship products is artificial intelligence technology that empowers robots in ways such as navigation, motion control and environment perception in order to avoid bumping into obstacles such as walls.

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