Qualcomm, global leader in SoC (Systems on a Chip) smartphone has just announced a new offshoot with its Snapdragon family, Flight. it is not intended to lead to a smartphone, but the controller of a drone. The US giant uses the same recipes that have made it successful in the Telephony: Efficient chip, relatively energy intensive and which combines the functions. He found the same success with drones designers?
The power of a good 2014 smartphone in a drone
The controller card unveiled by Qualcomm is rather small: 58 mm by 40 mm exactly. The Snapdragon Flight and reference controller card proposed by Qualcomm enables the design of size drones reduced to flattering performance: Support for 4K video encoding 720p real time via DSP Hexagon for a subjective view, Wi-Fi support dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, satellite tracking, support for a barometric sensor, etc. This Snapdragon Flight is built around the 801 Snapdragon processor, a quad-core Krait clocked at 2.26GHz, assisted by an Adreno 330 GPU. A high performance configuration in 2014 in the market for smartphone but now overtaken by new generations of Snapdragon. Nevertheless, it is much more than the components integrated in many of the current controllers for UAVs powered by Arduino for some or a Pixhawk Cortex chip for example. The drones will take full advantage of technological progress in the ultra-competitive smartphone market. Progress could be spectacular!
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“Qualcomm Announces Reference Platform with High-end Performance Capabilities to Advance Consumer Drones”, Qualcomm press release, september 10, 2015
“First public demo of Snapdragon Flight robotics dev platform in one of world’s smallest 4K drones”, Communiqué de presse Qualcomm, september 10, 2015