Qualcomm has introduced a new robotics platform: the RB5 development solution is based on the company's 7-nanometer manufacturing technology, with its Kryo 585 processor cores, Adreno 650 GPU and 5G connectivity – although the manufacturer does not specifically mention this. , based on the parameters, there is a good chance that the device will serve the Snapdragon 865 SoC.
With the product, the company seeks to further stabilize its position in the robotics market – although the company's chips are primarily known from smartphones, the robotics segment is no stranger to the manufacturer. As Dev Singh, head of the company’s robotics division, said, millions of robots worldwide are already relying on Qulacomm technologies – NASA’s latest Martian robot, which is due to launch on July 17, includes a Snapdragon 801 chip. The company expects the segment to gain about $ 170 billion by 2025.
The new platform is made up of two chips: the top, SOM (System-on-Module) unit among other things, the SoC itself, RAM, NAND storage, as well as the 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. It all sits on an accessory board on which the connectors are mounted by the manufacturer, in quite a good number: the device has 4 HDMI outputs, two USB 3.1 sockets, a USB-C connector, gigabit Ethernet, and CSI and DSI sockets for connecting displays and cameras.
In addition to the aforementioned SoC, the device also features Qualcomm's Spectra 480 ISP, as well as the company's 5th generation AI Engine, for machine learning tasks on the device. The device is also capable of recording 8K video and handles up to 7 cameras. The base kit can also be expanded with other accessories, such as camera modules, and the company will provide extended support for the development tool until 2029. On the software side, Qualcomm supports two operating systems on the platform, RB5 can be used with Ubuntu and Yocto Linux on board.
With this product, Qualcomm targets industrial applications such as logistics. , agriculture or construction, but can also be used in safety or health segments. Pricing for the RB5 platform is not yet known, however, as AnandTech writes, the previous generation RB3 base kit is available from the company's external partners for a net $ 449, so it is likely that the price of the new model will be in this area.
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