Qualcomm Targeting The Drone Market – New platform For Products Inbound


Despite struggling in the mobile and tablet chipset market, Qualcomm continues to display a strong level of composure, and with that composure, the company will be branching out to a whole new category; the drone market. Let us take a look and see what the firm is going to deliver to us.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Is The Company’s Optimized Platform That Is Going To Be Used For Consumer Drones And Robots – See All The Details Here

According to Qualcomm’s press release, the company has introduced what it likes to call Snapdragon Flight. Snapdragon Flight is a highly optimized 58 x 40mm circuit board, and is going to be incorporated in to consumer drones and robotics applications. For those who were wondering, Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is based on the company’s Snapdragon 801 SoC. The only difference separating Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight and Snapdragon 801 is that the former has a quad-core processor running at a speed of 2.26GHz, while the chipset found in mobile devices is running at 2.5GHz.

According to the firm’s Senior Vice President Raj Talluri, he states the following:

“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.”

Yuneec, a company whose forte lies in the development of both consumer and professional drones is going to be the first one to embrace Snapdragon Flight. That being said, Yuneec intends on launching a drone running on Qualcomm’s platform during an undisclosed period in 2016. Coming to the specifications side of things, they have been detailed below.

  • Real-time flight control on the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP
  • Built-in Qualcomm 2x2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leading global navigation satellite system (GNSS) optimized to support highly accurate location positioning

As for the features, it is safe to say that Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight holds an abounding amount of them:

  • 4K Video support
  • Robust camera and sensor support
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge

There are no details concerning the price tag of the upcoming consumer drones but we do know that Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is available for a handful of drone manufacturers. The first lineup of products are expected to available during the first half of 2016.