For the past many years, Qualcomm processors have powered many high-end as well as mid range Android phones as well as tabs. Now, Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is prepping to become the brain for the futuristic drones.
Specs of Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight:
The Flight is the first SoC (system-on-a-chip) built for the skies and is based on Snapdragon 801 SoC with a quad-core 2.26GHz processor integrated with Adreno 330 graphics, a Qualcomm Hexagon DSP for real-time flight control, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity.
It also includes GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver, allowing remote control and communications, 4K video processing and support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology to allow rapid charging between flights.
According to the company, the board is strong enough to support automated obstacle-avoidance features. The design of Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight will potentially reduce the size and weight of drones, which will allow more flexibility, cheaper designs and longer flight times.
Raj Talluri, Qualcomm Senior Vice President, said in a statement:
“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. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight brings together the technologies that have defined the mobile industry onto a single board, enabling OEMs to build drones that are lighter, smaller, easy to use and affordable with long battery life and superior functionalities.”
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform will be targeted at high-end commercial and consumer drones. It can also be customized further by developers or implemented as a reference design. According to the American Chipmaker, the first drone to use this technology will be made by Yuneec and is planned to launch in 2016. It is high time for Qualcomm to enter into drone business as the demand for UAV has increased many times in the past few years.