Friday, May 17, 2019

Sony and Microsoft to Cooperate in "Intelligent Image Sensor Solutions"

Reuters: Sony and Microsoft will partner on new innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions.

As part of the memorandum of understanding, Sony and Microsoft will explore collaboration in the areas of semiconductors and AI. For semiconductors, this includes potential joint development of new intelligent image sensor solutions. By integrating Sony’s cutting-edge image sensors with Microsoft’s Azure AI technology in a hybrid manner across cloud and edge, as well as solutions that leverage Sony’s semiconductors and Microsoft cloud technology, the companies aim to provide enhanced capabilities for enterprise customers. In terms of AI, the parties will explore incorporation of Microsoft’s advanced AI platform and tools in Sony consumer products, to provide highly intuitive and user-friendly AI experiences.

Going forward, the two companies will share additional information when available.

Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony,
and Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

Update: Nikkei reports that "the two companies will consider combining image sensors from Sony -- which controls half the global market -- with Microsoft AI technology to develop electronic "eyes" for self-driving vehicles."

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