Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon Flight Platform for Drones

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight, a highly optimized 58×40 mm board targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, features advanced processing power, real-time flight control on the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP, built-in Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a global navigation satellite system, 4k-camera support, and Qualcomm Quick Charge technology for fast battery charging.

“Today, drones are made from multiple component vendors providing separate solutions for photography, navigation and communications – adding to the cost and bulk of consumer drones,” explains Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight brings together the technologies that have defined the mobile industry onto a single board, enabling [original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)] to build drones that are lighter, smaller, easy to use and affordable with long battery life and superior functionalities.”

The Snapdragon 801 processor, which powers some of the world’s most popular smartphones, includes a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait CPU, Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon DSP, dedicated video encode engine and dual image signal processors. Together, these form a heterogeneous computing platform to support the development of advanced drone features such as obstacle avoidance and video stabilization, the company explains.

Snapdragon Flight is available for select OEMs and is expected to be ready for commercially available drones by the first half of 2016.

According to Qualcomm, Yuneec will be one of the first companies to incorporate the Snapdragon Flight and plans to release a drone based on the platform in 2016.


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