Drones & Robots

Streamline on-board computing with our drone and robot solutions.

Next-generation drones and robots can be smarter, lighter and faster than their predecessors, thanks to streamlined solutions that combine multiple computing functions onto a single board. Qualcomm’s drone and robotics technologies reduce the on-board computing footprint while offering robust connectivity, advanced processing power and longer battery life. And a smaller footprint reduces design complexity, so original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can offer more affordable smart drones and robots to a wider audience.

Single-board technology enables smarter, faster drones and robots.

Engineer sleeker, lighter, easier-to-use drones and robots with Snapdragon Flight. This technology integrates 4K high-resolution camera support, real-time flight control and highly accurate location positioning onto a single board, enabling OEMs to create smaller, more robust drones and robots.

Heterogeneous platform

Build smart drones and robotic components with our powerful, heterogeneous platform, which helps OEMs innovate safer, lighter drones and robots while reducing cost—opening the market to a broader range of consumers.

Autonomous flight

OEMs can add self-awareness and autonomy to their drone and robot offerings with our advanced technology platform, which combines built-in sensors with 3D environment mapping for self-guided flight.

Low power

Combining multiple components onto a single board provides a low-power, lightweight solution that offers advanced flight control and connectivity.

Reliable software

Our Snapdragon Navigator software provides intelligent navigation, allowing drones to perceive and react to objects in flight paths for safer, more reliable navigation.

Intelligent motor control

Snapdragon Flight includes intelligent motor control and 500Hz latitude processing for a stable flight experience, reduced engine strain and increased battery life.

Position control

Make smoother flights possible with our advanced position control technology, which combines GPS, inertial measurement unit (IMU), sonar sensors and barometer sensor support to enhance in-air stability.

Bi-directional detection

Avoid collisions and flight path obstacles with bi-directional detection, an electronic speed controller that recognizes propeller obstructions, and provides indoor and outdoor flights with autonomous sense and avoid capabilities.

Advanced Wi-Fi

Snapdragon Flight uses the Snapdragon 801 processor with advanced Wi-Fi support for highly accurate location position.

Cellular technology will bring new dimensions to drone operations.

Cellular connectivity will be key for coordinated operation and control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, enabling a growing set of use cases within and beyond the operator’s visual line of sight.

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Qualcomm and AT&T to Trial Drones on Cellular Network to Accelerate Wide-Scale Deployment

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and AT&T, will test Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, on commercial 4G LTE networks.

The trials will analyze how UAS can operate safely and more securely on commercial 4G LTE and networks of the future, including 5G. The research will look at elements that would impact future drone operations.

The team will look at coverage, signal, strength and mobility across network cells and how they function in flight. The goal of the trials and ongoing research is to help enable future drone operations, such as Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), as regulations evolve to permit them. The ability to fly beyond an operator’s visual range could enable successful delivery, remote inspection and exploration. Wireless technology can bring many advantages to drones such as ubiquitous coverage, high-speed mobile support, robust security, high reliability and quality of service (QoS).

“The trial with a carrier with the reach and technology of AT&T is a significant step in the development of connectivity technologies for small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS), including optimization of LTE networks and advancement of 5G technology for drones,” said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Not only do we aim to analyze wide-scalable LTE optimization for safe, legal commercial SUAS use cases with beyond line-of-sight connectivity, but the results can help inform positive developments in drone regulations and 5G specifications as they pertain to wide-scale deployment of numerous drone use cases.”

“Many of the anticipated benefits of drones, including delivery, inspections and search and rescue will require a highly secure and reliable connection,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “With a focus on both regulatory and commercial needs, LTE connectivity has the potential to deliver optimal flight plans, transmit flight clearances, track drone location and adjust flight routes in near real-time. Solving for the connectivity challenges of complex flight operations is an essential first step to enabling how drones will work in the future.”

The UAS trials will be based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon Flight™ drone development platform, which is designed to offer superior control and navigation capabilities. Already in use in some commercially available drones, the platform offers high fidelity sensor processing, precise localization, autonomous visual navigation and 4K videography all in an integrated, light-weight model suitable for consumers and enterprises.

Trials will begin later this month at Qualcomm Technologies’ San Diego Campus. Testing will take place at its FAA-authorized UAS Flight Center and test environment. The center contains “real world” conditions including commercial, residential, uninhabited areas and FAA controlled airspace. This facility permits testing of the use of commercial cellular networks for drones without affecting AT&T’s everyday network operations.

CTIA Super Mobility 2016 attendees can catch a video demonstration at Qualcomm’s booth in the 5G Zone. Matt Grob will showcase the benefits of LTE-based drone operation during his keynote Thursday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. PT.

About Qualcomm

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6. Sept. 2016