A Qualcomm executive warned Monday that the future of artificial intelligence will require more power than what cloud services can provide.
Qualcomm senior vice president Alex Katouzian was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Computex, an annual computer expo held in Taipei.
In his speech, Katouzian emphasized how much data powering a new class of edge devices using generative AI will require.
“Artificial intelligence affects almost every aspect of the smartphone experience. It works in the background to improve everything from photography, videography, gaming and power management to Modem-RF performance, malware detection, and much more, ” said Katouzian.
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Qualcomm, based in San Diego, California, has shipped more than 2 billion AI products to date, Katouzian said.
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“As the growth in the number of connected devices and data traffic continues to accelerate and data center costs increase, it will not be possible to send everything to the cloud,” Katouzian said. “And for some applications, you don’t want to do that, especially when your personal information is involved.”
Katouzian predicts that AI performance will be a key metric that consumers will look for when buying a PC — similar to how they compare CPU and GPU performance.
The rapid rise in popularity of AI has pushed many companies to adopt their AI-related services and the chips that process them.
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On Tuesday, chipmaker Nvidia, which is deeply involved in AI in several areas, topped $1 trillion, hitting new highs of nearly $405 on the trading floor.