Qualcomm and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership at the Build 2023 event to power artificial intelligence (AI) in devices. Against this backdrop, Qualcomm Technologies has unveiled its latest innovations in AI generation on Snapdragon platforms, bringing new opportunities to developers building PC apps with Windows 11 powered by Snapdragon.
During the Microsoft Build event, Qualcomm Technologies presented demonstrations and tools for developing generative AI on the next generation of Windows 11 PCs. One of the featured demonstrations is Stable Diffusion, a generative AI model that can change to images, running completely on the device.
Running AI applications on devices offers significant benefits such as increased cost efficiency, increased privacy, customization, and lower latency. Snapdragon platforms are powered by a specialized Qualcomm AI Engine, which efficiently processes AI workloads, outperforming a traditional CPU or GPU. So AI can be enabled on devices of different sizes and categories, such as laptops, phones, and other Snapdragon-equipped devices.
To further enhance the Qualcomm AI Stack and help developers build AI experiences on devices, the Qualcomm AI Engine Direct SDK was announced as publicly available during the Build event. Using the ONNX Runtime and the Qualcomm AI Stack, developers will be able to run their AI workloads on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 AI Engine found in devices like the Surface Pro 9 5G and Lenovo ThinkPad x13s.
Also, during the event, Qualcomm Technologies presented performance improvements gained by building popular applications natively for Snapdragon.