Qualcomm Bolsters Position in AI via Acquisition of Machine Learning Startup Scyfer

Qualcomm Bolsters Position in AI via Acquisition of Machine Learning Startup Scyfer

Qualcomm Technologies, last week announced the acquisition of Scyfer, a company affiliated with University of Amsterdam and focused on cutting-edge machine learning techniques, to add a talented team to its roster.

Netherlands-based Scyfer has built AI solutions for companies worldwide and in a number of different industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare and finance.

The acquisition of Scyfer brings with it a founder and renowned professor at the University of Amsterdam, Dr. Max Welling, which will help to further advance AI research and development at Qualcomm Technologies.

Along with the announcement of the acquisition, Qualcomm also laid out its vision for ubiquitous on-device artificial intelligence (AI) complementing cloud AI. 

Many companies focus on the execution of AI workloads in the cloud, but Qualcomm Technologies is focused on the implementation of AI on end devices – smartphones, cars, robotics, and the like – to ensure that processing can be done with or without a network or Wi-Fi connection. 

Matt Grob, EVP Technology, Qualcomm
We started fundamental research a decade ago, and our current products now support many AI use cases from computer vision and natural language processing to malware detection on a variety of devices — such as smartphones and cars — and we are researching broader topics, such as AI for wireless connectivity, power management and photography.

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