World’s first Drone SoC with mmWave 5G and WiFi 6; Qualcomm unveils the details

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Chipmaker Qualcomm unveils its first Chip which was specifically for drones Yesterday. The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G platform is meant to promote the development of enterprise and commercial drone applications. Qualcomm makes chipsets from drones, similar to how they work on Smartphones chipsets. Moreover, Qualcomm started calling its chips ‘Platforms’ some year ago, to bring in the fact that it doesn’t just provide a piece of hardware but also important accompanying software. To that, the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G platform now will see the company specifically putting in work to build hardware and software for computing on drones.

The report suggests that in the interview with Dev Singh, General manager of autonomous robots, drones, and intelligent machines at Qualcomm talks about the current planning of their company. He says that ‘ Qualcomm is taking its current leadership in 5G and AI to scale the next generation of drones and IoT’. He then adds that ‘ With 5G and AI, it is going to help accelerate the development of commercial enterprise industrial drones and really open up innovative possibilities for industries looking to adopt high performance, low power, small form factor, long-range communication, autonomous and intelligent drones’.

In a blog post, Dev Singh says that ‘ 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 organizations such as 3GPP, GSMA, the Global UTM Alliance, the Aerial Connectivity Joint Initiative (ACJA) and ASTM’. Later he says ‘ 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 flights capabilities to industrial, enterprise and commercial segments.

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