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Qualcomm goes beyond smartphones with 5G and edge-AI robotics solutions

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We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Qulacomm said it is launching new platform support for advanced robotics products, 5G wireless networking and edge-AI applications. The company unveiled the Qualcomm Robotics solutions at its annual Qualcomm 5G Summit event as it recognizes the ways in which 5G is proliferating beyond smartphones. The San Diego, California-based company took the wraps off its Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and the Qualcomm RB5AMR reference design, which can be used to build advanced edge-AI and robotics products using Qualcomm's chips. The solutions will help unlock new commercial markets for autonomous mobile robots, delivery robots, highly automated manufacturing robots, collaborative robots, unmanned aircraft, industrial drone infrastructure, autonomous defense solutions and beyond.


Qualcomm launches autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities

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Qualcomm has launched Flight RB5 5G, the "world's first" autonomous drone platform with 5G and AI capabilities. The company says the platform will support and accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous drones for commercial, enterprise, and industrial purposes. An onboard Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit achieves the modern cybersecurity requirements for drones. "We have continued to engage many leading drone companies, enabling 200 global robotics and drone ecosystem members in addition to consistently driving and promoting worldwide drone standardization and transformative 5G capabilities in organisations such as 3GPP, GSMA, the Global UTM Alliance, the Aerial Connectivity Joint Initiative (ACJA) and ASTM. We are proud to continue our momentum of enabling the digital transformation of global industries by unveiling the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform, a solution that is purpose-built for drone development with enhanced autonomy and intelligence features, bringing premium connected flight capabilities to industrial, enterprise and commercial segments."


Qualcomm readies 5G and AI drone platform

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The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Qualcomm is unveiling its platform that enables aerial drones to tap both 5G and AI technologies. The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G platform aims to accelerate development for commercial, enterprise, and industrial drones to help enterprises capture data from drone cameras and process that data at the edge of the network. The platform is powered by Qualcomm's QRB5165 processor, and it builds upon the company's latest internet of things (IoT) offerings. The idea is to enable a new generation of low-power 5G drones that can capture a lot of data with cameras and transmit that data via 5G to an operator or send it longer distances over a network.


Qualcomm Robotics RB5 Platform Puts 5G, AI in Developers' Hands - Robotics Business Review

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Editors Note: This article was originally published in Robot Report, a sister publication to Robotics Business Review. Qualcomm has been a pioneer in wireless telecommunications for 30-plus years. To maintain its spirit of innovation, the San Diego-based company now spends approximately $5 billion per year on R&D. Under the stewardship of Dev Singh the last four years, Qualcomm has made major in-roads with the robotics development community. But today it took another major step in hopes of becoming the de facto development platform for robotics companies.


5G and AI Combine to Advance the Capabilities of Drones - AI Trends

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What do you get when you combine 5G and AI with advanced drone development? One answer is from Qualcomm's recent launch of its Flight RB5 5G Platform, a reference drone containing computing at lower power with AI, 5G, and long-range Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. According to the company in a press release, the drone and reference design contains "enhanced autonomy and intelligence features" powered by the Qualcomm QRB5165 processor. Announced in June 2020, the QRB5165 processor is customized for robotics applications and is coupled with the Qualcomm AI Engine, which delivers 15 trillion operations per second (Tops) of AI performance. This allows it to run complex AI and deep learning workloads, and on-device machine learning and accurate edge inferencing while using lower power, according to a Qualcomm product description.