Qualcomm unveils new chips for smart cameras and home devices

Qualcomm has unveiled a new vision intelligence platform using 10nm FinFET process technology.

The two chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, are processors designed to feature powerful computing for on-device camera processing such as smart cameras, smart home devices and next-generation robots.

These chips are not related to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors.

The chips are engineered for extreme low-light image processing, image stabilization and computer vision abilities.

The chipsets include Qualcomm’s image signal processor as well as the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) engine alongside an ARM-based multicore CPU.

This Vision Intelligence Platform, specifically the QC605 chipset, supports 4K video at 60fps or even 5.7K at 30fps. The QC603, on the other hand, supports 4K video at 30fps.

The QC605 can support a single camera with up 32-megapixel sensors. Meanwhile, the QC603 can support up to a 24-megapixel sensor. Both SOCs, however, support dual 16-megapixel sensors. Additionally, they support 360-video stitching, wide quad HD displays and obstacle avoidance.

The QC605 — the more advanced version — sports eight CPU cores and an Adreno 615 GPU and Hexagon 685 vector processor.

Qualcomm has already started sampling out the QC605 chips to hardware manufacturers and expects products will start using the processors in the second half of 2018.

Source: Qualcomm