Qualcomm and Baidu have teamed up to jointly develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-based voice and smart assistant application for mobile devices and Internet of Things equipment by taking advantage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and Baidu’s DuerOS conversational AI solution. The American chip maker and the Chinese internet giant announced the strategic collaboration during the second annual Snapdragon Technology Summit held in Hawaii.
According to Qualcomm, the goal of the partnership is to introduce the DuerOS reference solution to future software updates for the Snapdragon mobile platforms and help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) incorporate AI-based voice solutions into the devices they will build in the future. That means if you wish to get your hands on high-end smartphones with numerous AI functions in the near future, chances are that these devices will be incorporating Qualcomm’s mobile platform. The Snapdragon 845 was officially unveiled on Tuesday as Qualcomm’s latest mobile system-on-chip that succeeds the premium Snapdragon 835, though there is not much difference between the two in terms of their architectural aspects. Designed and produced in collaboration with Samsung, the SoC’s primary focus includes AI, camera, virtual reality, security, fast cellular connectivity, and long battery life. In terms of the basic specs, Snapdragon 845 includes the Adreno 630, support for LPDDR4 RAM, the 5G-enabled Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, and support for two dual-camera setups with each lens featuring two 25-megapixel sensors. The Snapdragon 845 is expected to become available to OEMs beginning in early 2018.
Being a part of the Qualcomm mobile platforms, Snapdragon 845 can be used by Baidu to adjust its DuerOS technologies in accordance with Qualcomm’s Aqstic hardware and software requirements, including the always-on voice activation feature that runs on the Aqstic audio codec as well as echo and noise reduction solutions to enable clear communication between humans and DuerOS devices. DuerOS, Baidu’s conversational AI system which gained skills in 10 major domains and more than 200 sub-domains, took a major step last month as part of its advancement with the launch of the DuerOS Prometheus Project, which includes a massive pool of conversational AI datasets and $1 million in funding to help develop skills and conversational AI projects in partnership with various organizations.