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Qualcomm launches neural-net SDK, as Apple patent pressure mounts

Qualcomm has launched its Neural Processing Engine (NPE) Software Development Kit (SDK), a system for running machine-learning functions on its Snapdragon range of mobile processing platforms. However, the launch comes as the pressure on Qualcomm builds, as Apple disputes patent royalties it claims it does not owe to Qualcomm – causing quarterly net income to fall 40%. Those Q3 figures may well get worse in Q4, as Apple appears to be having some success in rallying the industry to sue Qualcomm – with Foxconn notably taking up arms. Recent legal losses to BlackBerry ($940m) and the Korean Free Trade Commission (KFTC – $927m) have savaged its operating cashflow, which fell from $1.8bn in Q3 2016 to just $100m in the…

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