Qualcomm ships AI inference accelerator, edge development kit

September 17, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Qualcomm ships AI inference accelerator and edge development kit
Development kit includes a a high-performance AI inference accelerator to deliver video and AI processing with 5G connectivity for cloud edge applications.

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, has announced the Qualcomm® Cloud AI 100, a high-performance AI inference accelerator, is shipping to select worldwide customers. Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 uses advanced signal processing and cutting-edge power efficiency to support AI systems for multiple environments including the datacenter, cloud edge, edge appliance, and 5G infrastructure. Also available, the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 Edge Development Kit is engineered to accelerate adoption of edge applications by offering a complete system for AI processing up to 24 simultaneous 1080p video streams along with 5G connectivity.

“Qualcomm Technologies is well positioned to support complete edge-to-cloud high performance AI that lead the industry in performance per watt,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president and general manager, computing and edge cloud, Qualcomm Technologies. “Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is now shipping to select worldwide customers and we look forward to seeing commercial products launch in the first half of 2021.”

Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 is designed to offer cutting-edge AI inference efficiency based on performance per Watt with capability to process up to 400 trillion operations per second (TOPS ). The AI inference accelerator supports multiple form factors with PCI-E card level power profiles ranging from 15W to 75W.

Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 software suite provides a comprehensive stack of tools and supports popular frameworks including Tensorflow, PyTorch, Caffe, and runtimes such as GLOW and ONNX. The software suite includes the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 Applications SDK with compiler and simulator; along with the Platform SDK with runtimes, APIs, kernel drivers and tools. This software suite is designed to enable the development, testing and deployment of Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 platforms into a multitude of production environments.

The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 Edge Development Kit is an optimized system offering high performance AI inferencing, video processing and 5G connectivity. It is powered by three modular Qualcomm® components:

  • Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 –  for low-power and high-performance AI inference processing;

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