On March 16, Qualcomm announced it’s teaming with Swedish company Imint to expend image processing capabilities of its mobile hardware. The collaboration will see the software company empower its artificial intelligence (AI) video enhancement programs with chipmaker’s high-performance platform.
By working together, the two firms aim to provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with cutting-edge “power-efficient, AI-based video solutions.”
Qualcomm and Imint’s Partnership
Qualcomm and Imint’s newly revealed partnership has already borne fruit.
In a press release, the Swedish firm noted their collaboration with the San Diego, California-based corporation produced “Videnhance Selfie Mode.” The innovation uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset to identify a user’s face when they take a self-portrait clip with their smartphone. The program then utilizes the semiconductor company’s built-in AI engine to track the owner’s movements to capture image-stabilized footage.
As Imint has business relationships with Chinese handset makers Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo, their devices can utilize Videnhance Selfie Mode.
Qualcomm’s team up with Imint has also helped the software designer optimize its products’ energy consumption. The component company gave its new collaborator access to its Snapdragon Spectra 485 Image Signal Processor. As a result, the firm developed a “power consumption reduction enabler” for its Snapdragon 865-driven Videnhance products.
Imint’s suite of Videnhance offerings includes a motion blur reduction tool, a multi-camera transition solution, and a “Super Stabilization” feature.
XDA Developers reports the new features Imint and Qualcomm will create together won’t be a standard part of the Snapdragon platform. However, OEMs will have the opportunity to license the technology for use in their next-generation handsets.
Qualcomm’s Commitment to Mobile Component Innovation
Qualcomm’s partnership with Imint will love the chipmaker to produce hardware that addresses a key consumer interest. Recently, both Apple and Samsung have found success in marketing their new devices to users based on their remarkable camera capabilities. Now, those market-leading brands and other mobile device manufactures can develop new video processing tools to attract buyers.
However, Qualcomm’s dedication to smartphone component innovation is limited to optimizing its chips’ camera capabilities.
Last month, The Burn-In covered the manufacturer’s new X60 fifth-generation mobile networking modem. The 5 nm device facilitates download speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps and uploads at 3 Gbps. Set for rollout in 2021, the component will allow OEMs to craft handsets that are both ultra-fast and ultra-sleek.
Last year, Qualcomm debuted a new fingerprint sensor called the 3D Sonic Max. Because the extra-large component allows mobile devices to scan up to two prints simultaneously, it provides greatly improved biometric handset security.
Given the impressive quality of its current development slate, it will be interesting to see what groundbreaking new smartphone advances Qualcomm comes up with in the future.