Qualcomm announced a new robot platform based on a variant of its Snapdragon 865 processor. The Robotics RB5 uses the QRB5165 processor and has the same CPU, GPU, ISP, and DSP as the Snapdragon 865, but this time it supports an industrial temperature range from -40°C to 105°C, and some improved vision has been performed around the computer.
If you think that Qualcomm only produces smartphone chips, please think twice. Originality, the A.K.A. Mars helicopter is a smart device that will be launched to Mars this summer. At its core is the Snapdragon 801 processor. Yes, you read Snapdragon801 correctly. Think about the situation since the chip was released in Samsung Galaxy S5 and other devices in 2014.
Fast forward to five years. Compared with Snapdragon 801, Snapdragon 865 is a beast. Now, if you can use older chips for long-range helicopter flight on distant planets, imagine what designers, engineers, hobbyists, and manufacturers can do. Robot RB5 platform.
The core of RB5 is the new QRB5165 processor. It includes Kryo 585 CPU (4x Cortex-A77 CPU core in 1 + 3 configuration, plus 4x Cortex-A55 core), Adreno 650 GPU, Spectra 480 ISP, and Hexagon DSP.
The combination of these processors can be used for heavy computing tasks, advanced AI tasks (using DSP and GPU together), and computer vision.
Spectra 480 can process 2 Gigapixels per second. On the RB5165, this means developers can connect up to seven cameras and can handle 8K video and 4K HDR video. Spectra 480 also includes a video analysis engine (EVA) that can handle all computer vision and robot vision tasks.
In smartphones, Snapdragon 865 will run Android, but for RB5, software options include Ubuntu Linux, Yocto, and Robot Operating System (ROS) 2.0. It even supports AWS RoboMaker.
Qualcomm’s software library includes neural processing SDK for AI on advanced devices; Computer Vision SDK, for visual processing; and Robotics Vision SDK, for feature recognition, obstacle detection, etc.
Qualcomm provides RB5 platforms in various configurations based on your hardware skills. For genius hardware designers, the system can be directly included in the new circuit board design.
Qualcomm will even help check the layout and circuit design. For hardware hackers, RB5 is a system-level module (SoM) that can be integrated into your design through edge connectors. For enthusiasts and manufacturers, Qualcomm provides a complete development kit, including USB ports, HDMI, etc., and a series of optional modules for computer vision, sensors, motor control, and 5G connection.
Developer kits are now available for booking. Qualcomm expects the kit to be shipped within the July/August time frame.