Qualcomm product launch – RB5 robotics platform

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Qualcomm’s RB5 robotic platform launch

Qualcomm announced the next step in their bid to power the next generation of commercial 5G-enabled robots, with the release of the RB5 platform. Bringing high-compute power and a significant degree of modularity to the energy-constrained robotic platform market, the RB5 is an evolution on the company’s RB3 platform released in 2019, and a potential game-changer in the development of smart robotic fleets.

RB5 – an advanced robotics platform designed for consumer, enterprise or industrial robots with 5G connectivity, on-device AI and machine learning, superior computing, and intelligent sensing capabilities. The Qualcomm Robotics RB5 Platform supports the development of next generation of high-compute, AI-enabled, low power robots and drones for the consumer, enterprise, defense, industrial and professional service sectors that can be connected by 5G.

The platform’s Qualcomm QRB5165 processor, customized for robotics applications, offers a powerful heterogeneous computing architecture coupled with the leading 5th generation Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine delivering 15 Tera Trillion Operations Per Second (TOPS) of AI performance to efficiently run complex AI and deep learning workloads and on-device edge inferencing while using lower power , on device machine learning, and accurate edge inferencing. The processor also offers a powerful image signal processor (ISP) with support for seven concurrent cameras, a dedicated computer vision engine for enhanced video analytics (EVA), as well as the new Qualcomm® Hexagon™ Tensor Accelerator (HTA). With support for 4G and 5G connectivity speeds via a companion module, the Qualcomm Robotics RB5 platform helps pave the way for the proliferation of 5G in robotics and intelligent systems.

The Qualcomm Robotics RB5 hardware development kit, based on the QRB5165 processor, contains a robotics-focused development board and is compliant with the 96Boards open hardware specification to support a broad range of mezzanine-board expansions for developing innovative proof-of-concepts and rapid prototyping. Developers have flexible software capabilities with the platform offering support for Linux, Ubuntu and Robot Operating System (ROS) 2, as well as pre-integrated drivers for various cameras, sensors and connectivity.





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