June 25 2024

Luminar Neo for Windows Powered by Qualcomm’s NPU

Luminar Neo sets a new standard as the first third-party photo editor on Windows, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon® X Elite and X Plus NPU.

NEW YORK, NY – June 25, 2024 - Skylum, a leading innovator in photo editing software, proudly announces that Luminar Neo’s advanced features, such as Supersharp AI and Upscale AI, are now available on the latest Windows Copilot+ PCs powered by Snapdragon® X Elite and X Plus, which became available to the public on June 18. These enhancements leverage the powerful Neural Processing Unit (NPU) capabilities in the Snapdragon® X Elite and X Plus processors, enabling Luminar Neo to perform AI-driven photo editing tasks up to 200 times faster*, significantly enhancing the user experience.

Luminar Neo has been at the forefront of utilizing AI to simplify complex photo editing tasks for users of all skill levels. The recently announced Copilot+ PCs, introduced by Microsoft last month, promise to transform productivity, creativity, and entertainment for users. Qualcomm Incorporated President & CEO later stated: “The Copilot+ PCs, powered by Snapdragon® X Elite and Snapdragon® X Plus Platforms, are the fastest, most intelligent Windows PCs ever built with AI integrated throughout the system and can deliver multi-day battery life.

Luminar Neo’s turbo-charged performance enabled by Snapdragon’s NPU will allow users to make dramatic photo quality enhancements, in a fraction of the time. “Skylum is currently working on accelerating the rest of Luminar Neo's AI photo editing features later this year, using the NPU for faster performance and improved user experience. We’re proud to be collaborating with prominent technology leaders such as Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Microsoft, allowing Luminar Neo users to experience unprecedented speed and efficiency, making advanced photo editing more accessible and enjoyable.” - Ivan Kutanin, CEO of Skylum

Microsoft:“We’re excited that Luminar Neo is leveraging the Neural Processing Unit in Copilot+PC for a faster, better user experience. Compute-intense features like Supersharp AI now work in seconds with the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus NPU, a huge improvement over the minutes-long latency on older CPUs. Luminar Neo team is expanding its NPU-enhanced photo editing tools this year, bringing new creative tools for photographers soon. We can’t wait to see the possibilities this will unlock.”– Raji Rajagopalan, VP of Product in Windows+Devices at Microsoft.

Qualcomm Technologies:“We could not be more excited for Supersharp AI and Upscale AI to be used on the latest Copilot+ Windows PCs powered by Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus. Skylum continues to deliver cutting-edge experiences built for today’s creatives and everyday users. These Luminar Neo features take advantage of the leading Neural Processing Unit of Snapdragon X Elite and X Plus, which helps deliver sustained performance and incredible battery life. Luminar Neo users can now push their imagination to the limit, knowing their device can keep up.” - Upendra Kulkarni, VP of Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

With these advancements, Skylum continues to lead the charge in empowering photographers and creatives worldwide, ensuring that the latest technology serves as an enabler of artistic expression and innovation for creators worldwide.

About Skylum

Skylum is a global imaging technology company dedicated to revolutionizing the world of photo editing and creative tools. Its core product, Luminar Neo, empowers photographers of all skill levels to unleash their creativity and transform their visions into reality with advanced AI-based technologies while providing the artist with complete control over the final result. Skylum has won the Red Dot Award, Apple’s Best of Year, and Best Imaging Software by TIPA and EISA, as well as several other top industry awards. To learn more, visit our website.

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Anastasia Sliusarenko
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