Qualcomm unveils drone platform compatible with 5G operations and incorporating AI capability

U-space service provider Qualcomm has unveiled a drone platform and reference design to offer both 5G and AI-capabilities. The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G plarform is designed to help accelerate development for commercial, enterprise, and industrial drones.

The platform is powered by the Qualcomm QRB5165 processor, features Qualcomm Technologies’ IoT offerings, and supports low-power, 5G drone applications. With 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, the platform is designed to enhance flying abilities beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) to support safer, more reliable flight. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit to support modern drone demands for cybersecurity protections.

Qualcomm Technologies is working with Verizon to complete network testing of the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform for the Verizon 5G network, and expects the platform, which is 5G mmWave capable, will be offered via the Verizon Thingspace Marketplace.

Dev Singh, senior director, business development and general manager of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines, Qualcomm Technologies, said: “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.”

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