S. Korean web portal to help Qualcomm develop AI platform

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 16:43 hrs
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Seoul: Popular South Korean web portal Naver Corp on Monday said it will work with global chipmaker Qualcomm Inc to further develop its Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform called Clova.

Under an agreement with Qualcomm's subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Naver will provide Clova for use with the global giant's Internet of Things (IoT) chip processors, Yonhap news agency quoted the company as saying.

Various IoT products such as a smart speaker equipped with Qualcomm's IoT chips will also utilise Clova.

"We expect the cooperation with Qualcomm will help us boost the Clova-based AI system platform ecosystem," Naver CEO Han Seong-sook was quoted as saying.

Naver, in addition, plans to provide Clova on smartphones equipped with Qualcomm's mobile processors as a basic AI system platform, the company said.

"We will continue support so that manufacturers will be able to provide IoT products and services based on Clova and Qualcomm's technology platform," Lee Tae-won, CEO of Qualcomm Korea, added.

Clova, which is similar to Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, combines speech recognition and natural language understanding to respond to a user's questions or to call up information, such as the weather.

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