Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK Announced

Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK for Snapdragon 820 announced with appealing specifications and options. The Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK features accelerated runtime for on-device execution of convolutional and recurrent neural networks.

This is applicable on the Snapdragon 820 cores (Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU, Qualcomm Hexagon DSP). There is also special support for common deep learning model frameworks, including Caffe and CudaConvNet.


Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK is coming with a lightweight, flexible platform designed to utilize Snapdragon heterogeneous cores to deliver optimal performance and power consumption. This supports companies in a broad range of industries.

This is useful in healthcare, automotive, security and imaging, to run their own proprietary trained neural network models on portable devices. The technology is expected to be available for Snapdragon 820 processors in the second half of 2016.

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