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Have a peek at Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Flight drone technology

Qualcomm showcases the new generation of drone technology with Snapdragon Flight

By Derek Strickland | Jan 2, 2016 08:30 am CST

With CES 2016 incoming, Qualcomm hypes up its new Snapdragon Flight drone tech with a teaser clip.

Not content with just dominating the land with its mobile processors, the chipmakers at Qualcomm have now set their sights on the skies. Using its new tiny 58 x 40cm circuit board called Snapdragon Flight, Qualcomm aims to usher in a new generation of drones that merge convenience with high performance. The Snapdragon Flight board is pretty much a jack-of-all-trades solution that combines navigation, photography and communications hardware with the new 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor.

The teaser clip is short and sweet, showing off the benefits of Qualcomm's new drone-centric approach. The Snapdragon Flight board features a variety of capabilities including basic functions like 4K video recording, quick battery charging, and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for "highly accurate location positioning". For particular feature-set, the board also supports optical flow cameras, visual-inertial odometry, motion planning, obstacle mapping, and last but not least, an autonomous pilot mode.

Qualcomm is set to showcase its flight hardware at CES 2016, and TweakTown will be on the scene to see the tech in action.

Derek Strickland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Derek Strickland

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements, whether it's VR with the Oculus Rift or Augmented Reality. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the technology that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.


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