The Next Smart Home Camera Might be Powered by Snapdragon 618 and Have LTE
Qualcomm has developed a reference design for new home monitoring cameras, at the core of which it plans to use its Snapdragon 618 processor. The US-based semiconductor company claims the processor in question, is powerful enough run two cameras at a time.
According to Qualcomm, a lot of cameras end up doing their processing in the cloud, which results in transferring a ton of data and wasting time between an event and any alert it might trigger. With a 618 inside it, the camera should be able to do all processing locally, which means far less delay compared to the cloud. The additional power could be harnessed for allowing these cameras to work a lot faster.
“We’ve done a lot of work getting cameras and computer vision optimized in the phone space,” says Raj Talluri, who oversees mobile computing for Qualcomm. “Typically it’s harder in the phone space — a phone has a pinhole camera and is always moving — but now we’re bringing that technology into this space where the application is a little different, but the technology we built applies perfectly.”
The Snapdragon 618 would also enable these cameras to have LTE functionality, in addition to Wi-Fi.
Qualcomm won’t be making these cameras itself; it has only made a reference design, other manufacturers will use and adapt that pre-made design. The first home cameras powered by a Snapdragon processor should arrive in the first half of next year.