Qualcomm Flight RB5 : The first platform for autonomous drones with AI and 5G
If you remember just two months ago, on June 17, Qualcomm announced its Robotics RB5 platform equipped with Artificial Intelligence and 5G connectivity. Aimed at robotics systems that also included, among many other uses, its implementation in drones thanks to the support for all types of sensors and cameras. Now, Qualcomm has released a platform with the RB5 geared specifically towards drones: Qualcomm Flight RB5.
It is a platform formed by a development kit and an RB5 with its own SoCspecifically the Qualcomm QRB5165integrated into a system of drone with four propellersmotors and all kinds of sensors, among which the use of 8K cameras at 30 FPS and 4K at 120 FPS with zoom and leveling stand out.
The idea is that it serves as a base for companies and developers who want to create their own drones and applications using the capabilities of Artificial intelligence, processing and 5G connectivity offered by the Qualcomm platform.
Technical specifications of the Qualcomm QRB5165 integrated in the Qualcomm Flight RB5
The Qualcomm Flight RB5 is based on a processor Qualcomm QRB5165 8 core with architecture Kryo 585 at 2.84 Ghz (4 high performance and 4 low consumption) like that of the Snapdragon 865, accompanied by a Spectra 480 dual 14-bit ISP and one Adreno 650 GPU. In addition, it integrates the Hexagon 689 as DPS with Inference Acceleration. Supports image capture of up to 200 Megapixels, 64 MP sensors with 30 frames per second or dual 25 MP cameras at the same capture rate.
For external vision systems we have support for 18 C-PHY cameras with 7 of them in concurrent mode, or a total of 12 D-PHY cameras
It can be accompanied by up to 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory at 2,750 MHz or LPDDR4x at 2,133 MHz.
Technical characteristics of the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G
- 8-core CPU, Kryo 585 architecture up to 2.84 GHz at 7 nanometers.
- ISP Qualcomm Spectra 480 ISP. Dual 14 bit.
- GPU Adreno 650.
- DSP Hexagon 698 DSP with HVX, Hexagon Tensor Accelerator.
- Support for 16 GB RAM LPDDR5 at 2,750 MHz and LPDDR4x at 2,133 MHz.
- Support for 2G/3G/4G and 5G connectivity.
- WiFi 7 connectivity (Qualcomm FastConnect 6800).
- Support for 64 MP sensors at 30 FPS or two 25 MP sensors at 30 FPS. 200 MP captures.
- Up to 18 C-PHY cameras and 12 F-PHY cameras
- 8K video at 30 FPS and 4K at 120 FPS. 4K and 10-bit HDR support
The Qualcomm Flight RB5 drone platform is aimed at professional and multimedia environments
This platform is capable of detecting and avoiding obstacles around it, covering the 360 degrees that surround it. It supports computer vision with depth perception and detection of multiple obstacles at the same time, as well as digital camera stabilization without physical gimbals. The acceleration platform with the Qualcomm Hexagon Tensor Accelerator makes available to the drone the 8 TOPS of power for inference of Artificial Intelligence tasks that allow systems of completely autonomous flight.
In addition, with the entire set of sensors it is possible to apply all kinds of flight modes, from first-person visual flight using low latency Miracast, WiFi-6HDMI output and even planning and GPS waypoints, object or user tracking, as well as integrating restricted areas in the airspace.
All this integrated together with 5G connectivity technology that allows remote low latency connectivity between multiple devices or drones. In fact, it is also capable of using WiFi 6 for “swarm” flight systems made up of several of these drones operating at the same time.
Its uses range from professional rescue applications, health emergencies, infrastructure, construction, repairs, transport/logistics, to multimedia and entertainment systems.
The Qualcomm Flight RB5 development kit will be released in the last quarter of this year, but the module formed by the base done with the RB5 can be reserved from today.
This platform brings to the commercial field technologies with which the company has been working for a long time, in fact, you may have seen the flight of the Ingenuity drone flying over Mars a few months ago. That device was also governed by the Qualcomm Flight platform.