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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Flight will see its processors in drones

Qualcomm wants to take to the skies and have Snapdragon-powered drones flying around
By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Sep 14, 2015 12:29 pm

Qualcomm has been mostly down and out with its current Snapdragon processor, with Samsung opting for its Exynos 7420 inside of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets, but the company wants to see its Snapdragon processors inside of drones in the future.




Qualcomm has just announced its new Snapdragon Flight, which is their optimized platform for everything drones and robotics. Snapdragon Flight is a tiny 58 x 40cm circuit board, which will be used on drones and other robotics in the future. The new Snapdragon Flight features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at 2.5GHz.


Senior Vice President of Qualcomm, Raj Talluri, explains: "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".


The new Snapdragon Flight supports:


  • Real-time flight control on the Qualcomm Hexagon DSP
  • Built-in Qualcomm 2×2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leading global navigation satellite system (GNSS) optimized to support highly accurate location positioning
  • 4K Video support
  • Robust camera and sensor support
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge


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