Snapdragon 820 SoC will use machine learning to detect malware in real-time

By Shawn Knight
Aug 31, 2015
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  1. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820 SoC is shaping up to be quite an impressive mobile chip. Earlier this month, the chip maker revealed that its Adreno 530 GPU will offer up to 40 percent faster performance while consuming 40 percent less power compared to the Adreno 430. What’s more, Qualcomm claimed its new image signal processing (ISP) unit would lead to mobile cameras capable of capturing DSLR-quality pictures.

    These promises alone are enough to excite most mobile enthusiasts but that’s only just the tip of the iceberg.

    Qualcomm on Monday announced a new technology called Smart Protect that’ll ship with the Snapdragon 820. Smart Protect uses real-time, on-device machine learning to detect zero-day malware threats. It does this by looking at the actual behavior of device applications to detect and classify behavior that seems suspicious or anomalous.

    The chip maker said Smart Protect complements existing signature-based anti-malware solutions as it’s able to analyze and identify new threats before a signature is even available – all without requiring an active connection to the Internet.

    Smart Protect is made possible by Zeroth, Qualcomm’s first cognitive computing platform. Qualcomm said it is working with mobile security providers like Avast, AVG and Lookout to utilize Smart Protect capabilities in their commercial products.

    Qualcomm says its Snapdragon 820 SoC will start showing up in consumer devices as of the first half of 2016.

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  2. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 83   +29

    Obviously the SoC itself won't use anything. That's not how it works. Qualcomm might license some anti-malware software "for free" to manufacturers using their chips, but the same or similar software will be able to run on any other Soc and phone.
  3. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    I was going to say the same thing this is basically can be done by any anti-malware software
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Obviously, neither of you know anything about the new chip. It implements algorithms for causal analysis, ones that are simply too heavy for the software to deal with constantly. Re-implementing it within software would result in a solution that is much more resource-hungry, and thus not practically usable on mobile devices.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2015
  5. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 83   +29

    Obviously you don't know what an algorithm, what machine learning and what real-time malware protection is, or how these things work and are implemented...
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,106   +1,376

    Now you are just being rude.
  7. FF222

    FF222 TS Booster Posts: 83   +29

    I'm just saying that none of this functionality can be implemented on the chip level, for multiple reasons. Therefore anyone claiming that the chip itself would somehow detect and protect from malware must be patently misinformed (assuming he's not lying on purpose).
  8. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    and I dont need to know more because it's basically just a gimmick , it's going to use some processing power anyway with or without a software it just the amount of power that varies , what we all needs as users is reduced power consumption and less heat above all

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