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Qualcomm's next chip will use machine learning to detect malware

Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor will detect malware in real time thanks to machine learning
By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets News | Posted: Sep 1, 2015 3:34 am

Qualcomm may seem like its been out of the game lately, but their upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor is shaping up to be a real beast. Not only is it going to offer up 40% more performance, while using 40% less power, but it's also going to take DSLR-quality photos, too.



The company has just announced a new technology that will be featured in the Snapdragon 820 called Smart Protect, which will use real-time, on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats. Awesome. The Snapdragon 820 will do this by "looking at the actual behavior of device applications to detect and classify behavior that seems suspicious or anomalous", reports TechSpot.


Qualcomm has also said that its Smart Protect technology will work alongside existing signature-based anti-malware solutions, as Smart Protect is able to analyze and identify enw threats before the signature is even available. All of this can be done without requiring a connection to the Internet, too. Qualcomm is using Zeroth, its first cognitive computing platform, to power Smart Protect. The company has been working with many of the industry's biggest security providers including Avast, AVG and Lookout to utilize Smart Protect capabilities inside of their commercial products.


As for the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm will have it inside of devices in the first half of next year.




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