Qualcomm to exhibit 5G, edge AI-powered robot platform, reference design at annual event

With the intent to lead the future of robotics powered by 5G and edge artificial intelligence (AI), Qualcomm is showcasing a robotics platform and reference design at the Qualcomm 5G Summit to support the development of autonomous solutions.

At the event, the Qualcomm Robotics RB6 Platform and the Qualcomm RB5 AMR Reference Design will be shown. The RB6 Platform is described by Qualcomm as having 5G connectivity with support for global sub-6GHz and mmWave bands in mainstream, enterprise, and private networks. It will also feature the Qualcomm AI Engine supporting 70 to 200 trillion operations-per-second (TOPS) and supporting expansion cards for compatibility with future releases of 5G standards.

Qualcomm RB6 platform
Source: Qualcomm

Additionally, a set of hardware and software development tools will be stored in the Intelligent Multimedia SDK (software development kit) that folds in multimedia, AI and machine learning, computer vision, and networking to support end-to-end deployment of robotics applications.

The RB5 AMR Reference design is said to be the world’s first autonomous mobile robot (AMR) reference design with AI and 5G capabilities. Qualcomm claims it will accelerate development for commercial, enterprise, and industrial robots for companies seeking robotics solutions on the connected intelligent edge.

All together, Qualcomm states that the two products will support applications for original equipment manufacturers and robot manufacturers intending for use of ground robots in industrial use cases in fields as varied from government services to healthcare and agriculture. Some specific examples include autonomous delivery robots and urban air mobility transportation, fleet management coordination across AMRs in industrial spaces, and real-time data for manufacturing and logistics decisions.

“Building on the successful growth and traction of Qualcomm Technologies’ leading robotics solutions, our expanded roadmap of solutions will help bring enhanced AI and 5G technologies to support smarter, safer, and more advanced innovations across robotics, drones and intelligent machines,” says Dev Singh, senior director of business development and head of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines at Qualcomm.

The RB5 AMR Reference Design is available for pre-sale and the RB6 development kit is already purchasable.

Qualcomm also says it will continue its collaboration with TDK on robotics.

Automated driving is another autonomous solution that Qualcomm is exploring, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Ride Platform system-on-a-chip being used by Cariad, an independent automotive software company within Volkswagen Group.

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