In December 2020, Qualcomm officially released its latest flagship processer, Snapdragon 888 SoC. This chip has quickly become the choice processor for 2021 Android flagship smartphones. At the 2021 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC), Meng Pu, chairman of Qualcomm China, delivered a keynote speech entitled “Continue to promote 5G+AI to work together to build a smart and connected future”. According to Mr. Pu, as of now, there are more than 130 smartphones that use the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
Smartphones are currently the most popular platform for AI. Qualcomm’s AI technology has developed to the sixth generation, covering 1.5 billion terminals worldwide. Furthermore, its cloud AI technology is also developing rapidly.
In his speech, Meng Pu mentioned that Qualcomm can provide a comprehensive and rich product portfolio that meets the needs of different terminal AI applications, as well as leading solutions for cloud AI reasoning. At present, the most popular AI terminal platform is the smartphone. The Snapdragon mobile platform is more or less synonymous with an excellent AI experience.
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Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are the top Snapdragon 888 users
The leading brands that use the Snapdragon 888 SoC are Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. Snapdragon 888 upgrades the sixth generation of AI technology: more powerful performance and lower power consumption
Qualcomm began supporting AI technology on the Snapdragon platform in 2016. After years of development, the sixth-generation AI engine has been used on the Snapdragon 888, and it also supports the second-generation Qualcomm sensor hub.
Snapdragon 888 integrates the Hexagon 780 processor and is also the first AI fusion accelerator, including three parts, which can seamlessly share accelerate workloads:
The first is a scalar accelerator, which improves performance by 50%; the second is vector expansion, which supports more data types; the third is a tensor accelerator, which is used for matrix processing and doubles the calculation density.
Under the final integration of the three, Hexagon 780 achieves 26TOPS which increases energy efficiency by three times.
In addition to powerful performance, the AI engine of Snapdragon 888 also pays attention to reducing power consumption and improving battery life. It also uses the second-generation Qualcomm sensor hub. Its integrated dedicated low-power AI processor can take advantage of situational awareness and combine with 5G new data sources. The combination of 5G, AI, and cloud will strongly promote innovation and economic growth, empower new business models, new services, and new sources of income, and accelerate the digital transformation of many industries.
Furthermore, Mr. Pu claims that Qualcomm provides IoT solutions to nearly 13,000 customers around the world. The company’s AI also empowers a wider range of IoT scenarios for robotics, smart manufacturing, smart cities, smart retail, and other industries.